Though the Democratic candidates for city comptroller were neck and neck in the polls leading up to Primary Day, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer came away the clear winner by the night's end. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report.
After more than two months of a closely fought and contentious race for city comptroller, the Democratic primary ended with former Governor Eliot Spitzer conceding the race to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer via a phone call.
As of 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, with more than 97 percent of precincts reporting, Stringer had 52.2 percent percent of the vote to Spitzer's 47.8 percent of the vote.
"I want to congratulate Eliot for a hard fought race, for an amazing journey," Stringer said.
It was a journey that's end was all but uncertain until Tuesday evening, when the final poll numbers came trickling in.
"I was definitely worried," Stringer said. "We were being outspent. At some point, those polls weren't looking so good. But I have to tell you something. The people who supported me, the grassroots activists, the community-based organizations, the people gave me strength in every neighborhood I traveled."
Stringer also had the strength of the Democratic political establishment behind him, endorsements from all the major papers and the backing of the city's powerful public employee unions.
"We literally had thousands of volunteers out there on the ground from hundreds of unions. We mailed out over a million pieces of mail. There was a tremendous, tremendous effort put forth by labor," said NYC Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez.
The race isn't quite over yet. Stringer will now face off against little-known Republican John Burnett.
"We're gonna prepare for the November race," Stringer said.
With the Democratic nomination in hand, Stringer has already shifted his focus to the mayoral race.
"I want to work side by side with the next mayoral candidate, the Democratic nominee for mayor, because we have an election to win," Stringer said. "We need a Democratic mayor, and I'm gonna work very hard for the whole Democratic ticket."