Poll: Spitzer quickly gains upper hand in NYC race

Poll: Spitzer quickly gains upper hand in NYC race

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Spitzer told Good Day NY he hopes the public will forgive and forget the 2008 prostitution scandal. Spitzer told Good Day NY he hopes the public will forgive and forget the 2008 prostitution scandal.

NEW YORK (AP) - The first poll taken since Eliot Spitzer leaped into the New York City comptroller's race shows the ex-governor gaining a quick advantage over fellow Democrat Scott Stringer.

The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll shows registered Democrats favoring Spitzer over Stringer by 42% to 33%. That includes voters who are undecided but leaning toward a candidate.

Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal in 2008. Stringer is Manhattan's borough president.

Spitzer launched his campaign Monday. The poll surveyed 546 Democrats Monday and Tuesday. Those results have a margin of error of 4.2%age points.

Spitzer says he's gratified by the numbers but won't base his approach on polls.

Stringer campaign manager Sascha Owen expresses confidence that Stringer will prevail as more voters get to know him.

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