Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has erased Eliot Spitzer’s 19-point lead in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller, a Quinnipiac University poll today found.
Stringer has picked up the endorsement of the New York City papers in recent weeks, and political leaders have rallied around him, hoping to thwart the former governor’s political comeback.
The demographic split between the candidates is similar, but Stringer has appeared to pick up support among black voters in recent weeks, the poll showed.
“The entire political and media world has jumped on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s bandwagon, helping him poll-vault from 19 points down to dead even in just two weeks,” said Maurice Carroll, the Quinnipiac pollster, in a statement.
“The black vote, which has shifted dramatically in the last two weeks, still tips to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Stringer holds a big lead among white voters. Did the avalanche of media criticism knock Spitzer out of the lead? Among self-described ‘very liberal’ voters, Stringer is way ahead. He leads among the college-educated, while Spitzer leads among those without a college degree.”
Updated with Spitzer’s quote:
““Only one candidate in the race for comptroller has a proven record of standing up for women’s health and economic security: Eliot Spitzer. As governor, he fought to strengthen a woman’s right to choose, expanded funding for breast cancer screenings and cervical cancer vaccinations, pushed for a paid leave plan that would allow women to take time off from work to care for newborns and sick family members, and worked to increase the number of contracts to women-owned businesses. The women of New York won’t be fooled by Scott Stringer’s empty rhetoric and celebrity backers; they know that Eliot will be the independent voice they need in the comptroller’s office.”