Eliot Spitzer wonders if Liu really counts as a contender anymore

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Spitzer. (screen grab from ny1.com)
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On "Inside City Hall" last night, Eliot Spitzer said the Democratic field of mayoral candidates had shrunk "from four to three," now that Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is out.

Spitzer said that it was no more likely that one of the three remaining mayoral candidates could the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off.

Former senator Alfonse D'Amato rattled off the name of the mayoral candidates—City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former comptroller Bill Thompson and the current comptroller, Liu.

"You think Liu's going to drop out?" D'Amato asked Spitzer.

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The former governor hesitated for a moment before answering.

"I guess I'm making a presumption. I don't know if he's—who knows. I don't know. I know nothing about this," said Spitzer.

D'Amato said it looked like Liu would run.

"Maybe I'm wrong," Spitzer said, before adding, "What are his numbers now? He's not polling a big number."

According to the latest public opinion poll, by Quinnipiac, only City Council Speaker Christine Quinn had a significant showing among registered Democrats:

Council Speaker Christine Quinn: 32

former Comptroller Bill Thompson: 10

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: 9

Comptroller John Liu: 5

Won't Vote: 2

Someone Else: 1

Don't Know: 37

The Wall Street Journal has also described the race as essentially a three-way contest. Liu's former campaign treasurer and donor are facing federal trial for hiding the source of thousands of dollars of contributions. Liu has not been accused of wrongdoing, despite having had his phone tapped since 2010.

Liu has said he will proceed "all the way" with his 2013 campaign.