A pair of polls show that Eliot Spitzer still has a lead in his bid for the city comptroller's office – but according to one survey, challenger Scott Stringer is well within striking distance.
The latest Quinnipiac survey shows that among likely Democratic primary voters, it's 49 percent for Spitzer and 45 percent for Scott Stringer. Six percent don't know or aren't answering.
Another poll shows Spitzer doing better, if only because many likely primary voters are still undecided.
The NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll shows that among likely voters, Spitzer has 48 percent to Stringer's 36 percent, with 14 percent not sure.
Perhaps contrary to conventional wisdom, the poll showing Spitzer with a larger lead was taken Wednesday – after word surfaced that Anthony Weiner had additional sexual dalliances. The poll with the race statistically tied was taken over a five-day period beginning before the latest Weiner scandal broke.
"Right now I have to think actually with the new revelations about Mr. Weiner, that perhaps it gives Mr. Spitzer a little bit of running room," said David Birdsell of Baruch College, "because all of the attention is on the other candidate with the problematic sexual behavior during his last term in office."
The Quinnipiac poll shows that no matter their preference, voters see Spitzer's dalliances as a legitimate issue, but largely not one that disqualifies him.