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Next Tuesday is Primary Day in New York, but the top three statewide races have hardly been nail biters and it's been hard for other candidates to make an impression on voters. All that could change in the weeklong sprint to the finish. NY1’s Grace Rauh filed the following report.

For New York Democrats, this election season has been a bit of a snore. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is running unopposed in Democratic gubernatorial primary – and even though he'll face a general election challenge from the GOP, he's already being treated like a governor-in-waiting.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats as well, are also expected to easily retain their seats in Washington.

“Rightly or wrongly, many people think that the outcome in November is a foregone conclusion and they are not excited about this contest,” said David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College.

The exceptions, of course, are the Republican gubernatorial primary – where Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is facing Former Congressman Rick Lazio, and the race for state attorney general, where five Democrats are fighting to the finish, and trying to make their case through last-minute television ads.

Turnout at the polls is expected to be low and those who do show may not even know the names on the ballot. When Democrats were asked in a recent Quinnipiac University poll who they'd vote for in the attorney general primary, eight percent named a candidate who isn't in the running. Seventy-seven percent said they didn't know who they'd support.

Birdsell notes that the candidates have been sitting on their money to pack a punch in this final ad blitz.

“The question is, is anyone going to be able to get enough traction to stand out from the general fray at this point?” asked Birdsell.

A cash advantage in the final days could prove significant. As of Friday, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice reported having $2.8 million in the bank. Former State Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo and former federal prosecutor Sean Coffey both had about $1.6 million. State Senator Eric Schneiderman had $1.3 million and State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky had just over $335,000.

The primary is Tuesday, September 14th.

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