Tomorrow is Election Day for Queens and Brooklyn’s 9th Congressional District, and Democratic candidate David Weprin’s supporters made a push Monday to drum up support. NY1’s Courtney Gross filed the following report.
David Weprin’s camp crisscrossed Queens Monday, blasting Republican opponent Bob Turner and trying to align the GOP candidate with the Tea Party.
"Here we are talking about representing all the people. I am the candidate to represent all the people of the 9th Congressional District, a very diverse district, not an isolated right wing, Tea Party constituency," said Weprin.
From a senior center to his campaign headquarters to Queens Borough Hall, Democratic politicians lined up at Weprin's side, urging voters to head to the polls on Tuesday.
In recent weeks, the Weprin camp has struggled to keep its lead in this overwhelmingly Democratic district. In the last week, two polls have put Turner six points ahead of Weprin.
Queens Democratic Party Chairman Joe Crowley, deflected any criticism that the Weprin camp had lost its footing.
"Is dysfunction having a thousand troops on the ground, having an operation where we’re going to be extracting our votes and pulling our votes and ensuring that David is elected? Let’s let tomorrow speak for itself," said Crowley.
Some see the race as a precursor to the 2012 presidential contest in what could be a test of President Barack Obama's popularity.
Beyond stumping in Queens, the Weprin camp released two robocalls on Monday. One is from Governor Andrew Cuomo, and another is from President Bill Clinton.
Democrats on the campaign trail say their get out the vote operation, fueled by massive union support for Weprin, will make the difference.
"Of course there is a close race here, but the reason I’m not worried about them in the final analysis is I don't think any polling accounts properly for turnout," said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Weprin himself won’t be able to vote in the election, as he doesn’t live in the district, but he has said that he plans to take his mother to the polls.