Stringer tops Spitzer in NYC comptroller primary

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has defeated former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller.

Democratic candidate for New York City Comptroller Scott

Democratic candidate for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, center, greets Upper West Side residents along Broadway in Manhattan. Stringer was unopposed in the Democratic primary until Eliot Spitzer announced he was also running for the position. (July 08, 2013) (Credit: Charles Eckert)

NEW YORK (AP) - Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has won the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller. His win ends disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's surprise bid to reclaim his political career.

Stringer has a 52-percent-to-48-percent lead over Spitzer in incomplete and unofficial returns Tuesday night, with 92 percent of precincts reporting.

Stringer has spent 20 years as borough president and a state assemblyman. He was heavily favored in the comptroller race before Spitzer jumped into it in July.

Stringer portrayed himself as a knowledgeable public servant. He emphasized the prostitution scandal that spurred Spitzer's 2008 resignation.

It happened after Spitzer was identified as a client of an escort service under federal investigation. He was never charged but later acknowledged he'd paid for sex.

Stringer will face Republican and other candidates in November.
 

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