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Poll: Spitzer, Weiner lead in respective NYC races

Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D) and former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), both forced to resign their seats amid revelations of sexual impropriety, now lead in their respective races for city comptroller and mayor, according to a poll released Monday.

The survey, from Quinnipiac University, found Spitzer leading Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48-33 percent in the Democratic primary. Spitzer announced his candidacy last week, his first foray into political life since he resigned in 2008 after it was discovered he had spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes.

Meanwhile, Weiner's insurgent mayoral campaign has the support of a quarter of New York City Democrats, good for a lead his primary contest. 

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who had been the favorite to win City Hall before Weiner entered the race, pulled 22 percent — double the support of the third-place candidate, former comptroller William Thompson. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is at 10 percent.

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Poll: Spitzer leads in NYC comptroller race

A new poll shows former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.) vaulting to the lead in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll released late Wednesday showed Spitzer, who resigned from office in 2008 after a prostitution scandal, with 42 percent support from registered Democrats to 33 percent for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Overall, registered Democrats had a positive impression of Spitzer, with 46 percent favorable to 35 unfavorable and 19 percent undecided. That’s a turnaround from August 2010, when Spitzer was underwater 38 percent to 45 percent. Stringer holds a 40 to 17 percent positive rating among Democrats.


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