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Stringer, Spitzer Make Final Push For Votes In Democratic Comptroller Primary

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With just a few days to go before the Democratic Primary, Scott Stringer and Eliot Spitzer, the candidates for city comptroller, are making their final push for votes. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

On Saturday morning, both Scott Stringer and Eliot Spitzer made an appearance with Al Sharpton at Sharpton's Harlem headquarters.

After the rally, the candidates went their separate ways. Stringer was joined by his family, including his mother, in northern Manhattan, a community she once represented in the city council.

"Well, we've got the whole family. My mother, my stepmother, my little son Max, my wife Elise," Stringer said. "It's really great that we're coming here where it all started, which is where I grew up in Washington Heights."

Spitzer was in Coney Island for a soap box derby. The event is done every year, but devastation from Hurricane Sandy put this year's race in doubt.

"We're going to be all over the city today, tomorrow, Monday," Spitzer said. "This is obviously the final days. We're touching every borough, speaking to every community, stressing what has been the theme of this whole campaign, independence versus the status quo."

Spitzer has been trying to paint Stringer as someone who helped overturn term limits, granting Mayor Michael Bloomberg a third term. Stringer denied he had anything to do with it.

"Kind of hard to square that with the testimony he gave and the words he read into the record, when he said you need 12 years to accomplish what you're trying to do, and therefore, you need a third term," Spitzer said. "That seems dispositive of the issue to me."

"I don't think he should be doing these last-minute smear campaigns. They never work," Stringer said. "It's really amazing. When you do something at the last minute, it always backfires."

Spitzer has been far less visible in this race in terms of public appearances, but he is also spending a lot more money than Stringer. Ground operation and which campaign can get its voters to the polls on Election Day will also make a huge difference.

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