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New Poll Shows Spitzer With Lead In Democratic Primary In Comptroller Race

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It's getting down to the wire for Eliot Spitzer to get on the ballot in the race for city comptroller, and as the former governor barrels forward, a new poll has put him in the lead. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Four days into his run for comptroller, Eliot Spitzer has nearly a 10-point lead.

"I'm gratified, needless to say, that I'm ahead," Spitzer said. "It's very comforting, but it reflects that I have a lot of work I'm going to do."

That work, first and foremost, is collecting 3,750 signatures to get on the ballot, a feat he has had just days to accomplish. And the clock is ticking. They are due Thursday at midnight.

"I feel kind of like a CEO who's being asked to predict quarterly earnings," Spitzer said. "I don't want to overpromise. I don't want to underpromise."

A supporter threw the former governor a party at a Midtown restaurant on Wednesday, an attempt to dig up dedicated Democrats.

"He was a good governor up until the point that, you know, he had his problem, so I like a vigorous campaign," said one person.

Petitions aside, Spitzer has become the frontrunner for the post in record time.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist College poll has Spitzer beating his Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 42 percent to 33 percent in a Democratic primary. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.

Sixty-seven percent of Democrats say Spitzer should get a second chance.

"I definitely believe in second chances and redemption," said one person.

The media was kept outside of the petition party, and the number of reporters on the sidelines actually rivaled the number of Spitzer supporters behind the glass.

Meanwhile, Stringer's campaign said it has collected more than 100,000 signatures, a point he drove home earlier on Wednesday.

"I know the circus is in town, but we're going to make this a very short run," Stringer said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday. "I am going to be out in the street. I got a coalition. We're going to be well financed."

Spitzer, however, remains undeterred.

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