(CNN) – Eliot Spitzer's main rival in the New York City comptroller race will not challenge his petition signatures.
A spokesperson for Scott Stringer confirmed Friday that the Manhattan borough president will not attempt to drag out the qualifying process for the Democratic primary ballot.
Spitzer announced late Thursday, shortly before the midnight deadline, that he had obtained 27,000 signatures since he first started collecting names on Monday. He needs 3,750 valid signatures to get on the ballot.
Responding to Stringer's decision, Spitzer's spokesperson said the former New York governor is "thankful" to those who lent their support.
"He looks forward to making the case every day for an independent comptroller for the City of New York," the spokesperson said in a statement.
Spitzer confident he has signatures to get on NYC ballot
Before Spitzer announced his late entry into the race on Sunday, Stringer was widely considered the frontrunner in the race.
A new poll released Wednesday, however, indicated Spitzer has the edge over Stringer. The former governor has 42% support among registered Democrats, compared to Stringer at 33%, according to the NBC 4/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.
Spitzer to run against madam
Spitzer resigned his role as governor in 2008 after getting caught in a prostitution scandal.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
I guess he needs the money for those expensive haircuts. Barbers must charge him twice for line up. Once around the outside, and then once around the inside. :)
Gee... 27,000 signatures, and he only needed 3,750. And just yesterday, Rudy's "word on the street" told us he wasn't going to make it. So much for Rudy's "word on the street".
What's there to challenge? It's a city of 8,000,000 people. 27k signatures is nothing.
"He looks forward to making the case every day for an independent comptroller for the City of New York,"
Spitzer is now an independent? Like a Bloomberg-type independent? Oh my!
Nice to see someone in politics show a little class.