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Poll: Thompson Narrows Bloomberg's Lead Ahead Of Election

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As both mayoral candidates made their final push for votes Monday, a new survey is showing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's lead shrinking – but not by much.

A Quinnipiac poll released earlier in the day showed the mayor with a 12-point lead over his Democratic challenger, City Comptroller William Thompson. Bloomberg leads 50 to 38 percent.

A poll last week showed the mayor with a lead of 18 points.

Bloomberg has a sizeable advantage among Republicans and Independents, while Thompson has a slight edge among Democrats.

The poll surveyed 1,360 likely voters over the weekend, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

With this news, Thompson had a little extra spring in his step as he campaigned with City Councilman John Liu in Chinatown. Liu is the leading candidate for city comptroller in Tuesday's election.

The two weaved their way through a senior center and crowded streets, urging voters to cast their ballot for the Democratic ticket.

Earlier in the day, Thompson stumped at Riverside Church, where he pushed back against the idea that Bloomberg will have a decisive win in the election.

"There is a choice, a real choice and a better choice to be made tomorrow," he said. "If they vote for the Democrat who is running for mayor, Bill Thompson, this city can go in a different direction. We did it a year ago when we came out and voted for President Barack Obama and people back then said it wasn't going to happen. We showed people that it could happen. And it did happen. So I need your help tomorrow."

Bloomberg, meanwhile, spent Monday morning greeting voters on Staten Island, a Republican stronghold.

While campaigning at several small businesses in the borough, he credited his administration for fostering a positive business environment.

He also said that despite his lead in the polls, he is not taking anything for granted.

"Either you get the chance to move this city forward or the city goes back to politics as usual, that's really the voters choice," Bloomberg said. "And you'd always like to have more votes, I've always worried if somebody votes for somebody else, what did I do wrong, why did I not get their vote and how can I, in the next four years, make it better. I'm not going to run again, but I think if I'm honored with another four years, it's incumbent upon me to work even harder than in the second term."

As he pushes for a third term, Bloomberg is spending $35,000 an hour out of his own pocket on his campaign.

He could end up spending more than $100 million on what is already the most expensive self-financed campaign in United States history.

Besides the citywide races, voters will also find two little-noticed state referenda on the ballot Tuesday.

One of them is an amendment that would let inmates leave a prison in order to do work for churches, social service groups and other nonprofit organizations.

Currently, prisoners can only leave if they are doing work for the state government.

The measure would allow prisoners to volunteer for religious groups and charities -- potentially as a reward for good behavior.

The other initiative is a constitutional amendment that would pave the way to build a power line in a park upstate.

If approved, six acres of forest preserve land in the Adirondacks could be used to build a power line to the Lake Placid area.

In return, the preserve would get 43 acres of land owned by the utility company.

NY1 will have complete Election Day coverage.

The station will have the very latest from polling locations across the five boroughs.

And, once the polls close at 9 p.m., NY1’s wall-to-wall coverage begins with a special roundtable of experts and live coverage from both the Bloomberg and Thompson campaign headquarters.

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