Yesterday, a new poll found that voters are more likely to vote for Eliot Spitzer than Scott Stringer in this fall's Democratic NYC Comptroller primary. Spitzer leads in the poll by nine points. The former Governor got 42% to the Manhattan Borough President's 33% in a Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist poll.
Spitzer suddenly jumped into the sleepy Comptroller race (Stringer was the only Democrat running) on Sunday night, sparking a media frenzy and political upheaval. The Wall Street Journal notes, "Nearly a quarter of voters were undecided, but two-thirds of Democrats, or 67%, said they believe Mr. Spitzer, who resigned as governor five years ago after he was caught patronizing prostitutes, should be given a second chance."
After the poll's numbers were released, Spitzer issued a statement: "I didn't take a poll to enter this race, and my policies and approach to this election will not be determined by polls. I am, however, gratified by these numbers, and look forward to continuing a conversation with the voters about the issues that matter most to them."
However, Spitzer needs to actually get on the primary ballot—and that requires 3,750 valid signatures of registered Democrats in NYC by today's filing deadline.
Woman gathering signatures for Spitzer just now did not ask me whether I was a registered Dem. Hope for his sake they are asking others.
— howard wolfson (@howiewolf) July 11, 2013
He's paying a legion of people $800/day to gather signatures (they are shy), but Spitzer himself denied that figure yesterday during a petition party. He also discussed the poll numbers, "I'm never confident. In politics, you have to ask every day for the public's support, for their understanding of what you're trying to do."