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Final Push For Queens State Senate Seat

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Candidates are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's special election for the 13th District State Senate seat in Queens left open after Hiram Monserrate was expelled by his fellow lawmakers.

Monserrate is trying to win back his seat.

"The people are invigorated. They are tired of politics as usual. They are tired of special interests and big fat-cat bosses telling them what to do," Monserrate told supporters Monday. "I'm the people's candidate and that's why we will have a victory tomorrow."

Over the weekend, Monserrate claimed that his opponent, Assemblyman Jose Peralta, is behind campaign posters that claim Monserrate hates the country's black leaders – including President Barack Obama.

Peralta denies the accusations and says he's confident the voters will make the right choice.

"Every vote counts, every vote matters," Peralta said. "Many people will tell you that we need to make sure that people understands that this is probably one of the most important races in the State of New York. We are voting for number 32."

Thirty-two is the number of Democrats that will be in the 62 member State Senate if Peralta is elected.

Peralta has the support of the Queens Democratic Party, while Monserrate is running as an independent.

Attorney Robert Beltrani is running on the Republican line.

Meanwhile, residents who spoke with NY1 ahead of Tuesday's vote had mixed opinions about Monserrate.

"I really don't like what Monserrate did with his girlfriend. I don't think it was proper. And I think we need a change," said one Queens resident.

"He make a mistake. Everybody has a right to," said another.

If Monserrate comes up short on Tuesday, it won't necessarily mean the end of his political career. A victory by Peralta would free up State Assembly seat in the district -- one that Monserrate could set his sights on.

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