(CNN) – Eliot Spitzer's once-commanding lead in the race for New York City's top financial post has disappeared, according to a survey released Thursday.
The onetime New York governor is now tied with his rival, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 46%-46%, according to the Quinnipiac University poll of likely Democratic primary voters.
That's a sharp drop for Spitzer, who led Stringer 56%-37% in a mid-August survey. Since then, Stringer's been endorsed by multiple New York City newspaper editorial boards.
"The entire political and media world has jumped on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's bandwagon, helping him poll-vault from 19 points down to dead even in just two weeks," Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said Thursday.
Spitzer is making a bid for a political comeback in New York after leaving the state house in shame amid a 2008 prostitution scandal.
Thursday's poll showed equal numbers of men and women supporting Spitzer and Spitzer, while Stringer was ahead among white voters and Spitzer led among blacks. The Democratic primary for New York's municipal races, including for comptroller and mayor, will be held September 10.
The poll was conducted August 22-27 by telephone from 602 likely Democratic primary voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.