Spitzer Has Big Lead in Comptroller Race: Poll

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A new poll shows that Eliot Spitzer has a substantial lead over rival Scott Stringer in Democratic primary for New York City comptroller. That's a sharp contrast to a recent survey that shows the race tied.

The poll was released Friday by Siena College and The New York Times. It shows that Spitzer, the former governor, is the choice of 50 percent of likely Democratic voters.

Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, is at 35 percent.

The poll of 505 likely Democratic voters has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Spitzer and Stringer tied at 46 percent. That survey of 602 likely Democratic voters also had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

The primary is Sept. 10.