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Comptroller race down to wire

Scott Stringer, left, and Eliot Spitzer.

Scott Stringer, left, and Eliot Spitzer. Credit: Scott Stringer, left, and Eliot Spitzer. (Pool/James Keivom/New York Daily News, 2013)

The Democratic primary battle for city comptroller, which became electrified when Eliot Spitzer in July announced a surprise bid, concludes Tuesday with no clear signs whether voters will pick Spitzer or the ex-governor’s opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

One late opinion poll has Stringer ahead, while another gives the former governor a slight edge, within the margin of error.

“I rarely look at polls, never worry about them, never think about them,” Spitzer said in an interview. Stringer did not return a call.

Spitzer, who quit the governorship in 2008 over revelations he patronized prostitutes, said he wants a second chance.

The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll released Sunday shows Spitzer at 47% and Stringer at 45% — within the margin of sampling error. A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday morning showed Stringer leading Spitzer 50% to 43%.

Spitzer spent $7.2 million to Stringer’s $4 million, but Stringer also benefited from independent expenditures by allies on his behalf.
 

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