Heading into Tuesday’s Democratic primary, the man some call the “Sheriff of Wall Street” and Time magazine’s “Crusader of the Year” is leading his opponents in both parties by more than 50 percentage points in the polls and has a campaign fund larger than both his opponents combined.
His Democratic opponent, Tom Suozzi, the two-term Nassau County executive, said Thursday he didn’t have enough money to run ads even in these closing days.
The winner of the primary will take on John Faso, the former minority leader of the state Assembly. He wants to bring this increasingly blue state and his own party back to conservative values, but he trails both Democrats. The state is dominated 5-to-3 by Democrats
Outside Manhattan, fortified by the economic engine of Wall Street and the bright lights of Broadway, much of New York state’s swagger is gone, so much of the campaign’s attention has been on the state’s century-old Rust Belt cities and poor rural counties that Spitzer has compared to Appalachia.