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Democratic Candidates Leave Nothing To Chance As Mayoral Primary Nears

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With just a few days to go until the primary, the candidates are leaving nothing to chance, especially not Democratic front-runner Bill de Blasio or his top rivals who are fighting to get into a run-off on Tuesday. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Bill de Blasio is drawing big crowds at his campaign stops. New Yorkers are mobbing him on the street, eager to get a picture or talk about the future of the city with the Democratic front-runner.

"We're going to be working very, very hard for the next five days to bring this home," de Blasio said.

The personal interactions are helping some voters make up their minds.

"I was leaning towards him. But now, I know my heart is right. He's going to get my vote," said one.

The energy and momentum surrounding the public advocate just days before the primary has been unmatched by his rivals.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn generated much less excitement during a visit to a senior center in Washington Heights and on a nearby street later in the day.

"It's all about get out the vote, going back to the folks you've met before, reminding them to go out on Tuesday," Quinn said.

"It's really tough," said one person. "Quinn is good for the community. Then, also have Bill de Blasio. So it's in between those two."

Quinn released a new television ad that steers clear of any attacks. But she has been forceful on the campaign trail, denouncing de Blasio as a flip-flopper who says whatever is most politically expedient at the time.

"If my opponents choose to attack me, I think what a lot of voters are going to wonder is, where's their positive vision? Where's there sense of where we need to go?" de Blasio said.

Former City Comptroller William Thompson, meanwhile, campaigned in the Bronx, where he picked up the support of some African imams.

"Let us reach out to our friends and families and neighbors and make sure that they come out and vote," Thompson said. "We have a chance to move this city in the right direction."

As for Quinn, she ended the day on a high note with a get out the vote rally that drew a crowd to the Stonewall Inn. The question now is whether she can turn the enthusiasm from her base into votes on primary day. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP