Disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer is leading an early poll in the race for City Comptroller, beating his main competition by nine points.
Among registered Democrats, Spitzer is ahead of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 42 to 33 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll. Almost a quarter of voters polled were still undecided.
The poll also showed 67 percent of Democrats believe Spitzer should be given a second chance five years after resigning amid a prostitution scandal.
Minutes after the poll was released, Stringer's campaign released a statement saying they were still "confident" in voters.
"He has received an outpouring of grassroots support from across the city, and we're confident that as more voters get to know Scott he will be the obvious choice for Comptroller," said campaign manager Sascha Owen.
In a statement, Spitzer said he was "gratified" by the numbers and looks forward to "continuing a conversation with voters."
"I didn't take a poll to enter this race, and my policies and approach to this election will not be determined by polls," he said.
The survey polled 1,213 New York City adults, including 947 registered voters and 546 Democrats. Results involving registered Democrats have a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
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