Elliot Spitzer, boosted by black voters, leads in NYC comptroller race

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New Yorkers may not get Anthony Weiner, but they may be about to see the return to public office of Eliot Spitzer.

Buoyed by black voters, Spitzer — the once-popular former Empire State governor who resigned after he was implicated in a prostitution scandal — has a 19-point lead in the race for New York City Comptroller.

He leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 56-37 percent in a Quinnipiac poll of New York Democratic primary voters out Wednesday. That’s a 14-point jump in the survey from three weeks ago, when Spitzer led narrowly, 49-45 percent.

Black voters back him by a whopping 68-21 percent margin over Stinger. Stringer leads with whites 53-43 percent.

“Everyone seems to be against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer except the voters, especially black voters,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a press release.

Spitzer also leads with men 58-37 percent and even women 54-36 percent.

Just less than one-in-four Democrats — 23 percent — say his past behavior is disqualifying.

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