Eliot Spitzer’s lead widens to 56% in NYC comptroller race

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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the first primary debate for New York City comptroller on Aug. 9, 2013 in New York.
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the first primary debate for New York City comptroller on Aug. 9, 2013 in New York.
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What sex scandal? A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests New Yorkers are willing to fuggedabout it, at least when it comes to disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer has 19-point advantage in the race for New York City comptroller against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 56% to 37%, among likely Democratic primary voters.

Spitzer’s leads among men, 58% to 37%, and among women, 54% to 36%. He’s also a major frontrunner with black voters, 68% to 21%. Though among white voters, Stringer leads 53% to 43%.

With less than four weeks to go until the primary, the vast majority of those surveyed say they’ve made up their minds and plan to vote for their current candidate of choice.

A scandal stemming from a prostitution ring prompted Spitzer to resign as New York state governor in 2008, which 57% of Democratic primary voters polled this week consider a legitimate issue. Though 44% of Dems deem it an issue, but not a disqualifying one, about 32% say it doesn’t matter at all.

Meanwhile in the race for New York City mayor, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is dealing with the ripple effect from recent sexting allegations. Weiner’s support has dropped significantly, giving an opening to Bill de Blasio, the new frontrunner in the hotly contested race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Eliot Spitzer’s lead widens to 56% in NYC comptroller race

Updated