Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer has claimed a 19-point lead against Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary for the New York City comptroller race, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
The poll also showed a strong 47-point lead among black voters, whom Spitzer has targeted largely in the outer boroughs. And while the melees following Spitzer's 2008 prostitution scandal cast doubt on whether or not he would be able to gain the confidence of women voters, Spitzer currently has a 18-point lead among them.
The jump comes two days after a Siena College poll found that 68 percent of New York State voters viewed Spitzer and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's attempts at a comeback "embarrassing. The Siena College poll, however, surveyed state voters though both elections are limited to the city.