Spitzer, Weiner lead respective polls in comptroller and mayoral races

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(PIX11) – A new poll is tracking what voters are thinking in the race for New York City’s mayor and comptroller.

Quinnipiac University said it’s survey, released Monday, shows former Congressman Anthony Weiner has a 3 percent point lead over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for mayor. But with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent it is a statistical tie.

According to the poll, Weiner gets 25 percent of the primary voters surveyed while 22 percent said they will vote for Quinn.  Former Comptroller William Thompson, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and former City Councilman Sal Albanese all trail.

As for the Democratic primary race for New York City comptroller; former Governor Eliot Spitzer has a 15 percentage point lead over Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Quinnipiac University reported 48 percent of surveyed voters favor Spitzer while 33 percent want to vote for Stringer.

In both polls some voters remain undecided.

Both Weiner and Spitzer resigned from office due to scandal but New Yorker Rachel Benn thinks she knows why they are ahead. “People are familiar with their names, they’ve been in the news a lot.  And maybe they’re not as familiar with the other candidates,” said Benn.

However, voter Evan VanHook isn’t sold just yet. “They both have a history obviously in politics and I think it’s fair at least to hear what it is they want to do. You certainly can’t ignore the past however, that’s for certain.”

Printed reports out Tuesday criticized Spitzer over the legitimacy of his signatures to get on the ballot as well as his late filing of an ethics report. Spitzter’s campaign defended the candidate, saying there are plenty of valid signatures to keep him on the ballot and the ethics report will be filed shortly.