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Thompson Stumps Before City's Graveyard Shift Workers

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Mayoral candidate William Thompson wrapped up his 24-hour campaign trek through all five boroughs in Harlem this morning, after spending much of the overnight hours visiting factory workers, cab drivers and firefighters, and even leading an anti-gun violence rally.

The former city comptroller's day-long stump started at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George on Thursday morning and ended in Harlem a little after 8 a.m. Friday, where he walked up to tens of cheering supporters carrying his campaign signs.

Despite lacking sleep, Thompson told reporters he did not feel tired at all

"Talk about having the crowd cheering you on, you know, to get near that finish line! It felt great, it felt great. And I'm grateful that everybody came out," Thompson said. "And as I said over the last 24 hours, and probably a little bit more than that, it's been energizing! You know, we've been talking to people across this city, and it just felt great."

During the wee hours of the night, he was mostly visiting workers on the graveyard shift.

He toured a meat processing plant in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, where he was required to wear a smock and a hairnet.

He also met with bridge and tunnel workers in Queens, firefighters and EMTs in Manhattan and visited livery cab bases in both Manhattan and Queens

Around 3 a.m., Thompson joined a candlelight vigil in Harlem for Olivia Brown, the 23-year-old woman who was shot and killed in the Lincoln Houses complex last week. A couple nights before the shooting, Thompson and other mayoral candidates had spent the night in Lincoln Houses and talked with residents there.

While Thompson told supporters he was confident he would win the 40 percent needed on Primary Day to secure the Democratic mayoral nomination, he is facing a crowded field of candidates, including former City Councilman Sal Albanese, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, pastor Erick Salgado and former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

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