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Democratic Mayoral Candidates Make Bid For Votes As Primary Draws Near

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With just over a week to go before the mayoral primary, Democratic mayoral contenders fanned out across the city this holiday weekend in a bid for support from New Yorkers. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

It's soon in voters' hands, and to hear candidates tell it, maybe an even higher power is getting involved too.

"First, I want to give honor to God, without whom this day would not be possible," said Democratic mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

So far, it's looking sunny, if not quite heavenly, for de Blasio.

Polls have him in the lead, drawing even more African-American Democratic voters than Bill Thompson.

Both spoke in churches on Sunday.

"Obviously, African-American vote is a crucial, crucial piece of New York City," de Blasio said.

"I am confident in the end that black voters are going to support my candidacy and do that strongly, not based on the fact that I'm black, based on the fact that I've been there on the issues," Thompson said.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn is also in the top trio leading the polls, although is seen as far behind among black voters.

A move she says is not motivated by politics, however, may help her get ahead for the primary on September 10.

That move concerns stop-and-frisk.

She wants court-ordered policies, such as a monitor and a limited camera program on police officers, to be enacted now.

The Bloomberg administration wants those orders stayed, pending its appeal.

Amid Democrats' anger over stop-and-frisk, Quinn is challenging a frequent ally, although she denies Sunday's announcement has anything to do with vote-getting.

"The timing here is based on the court's action and the city's action. What would be political is not to do something that I believe I have an obligation to do as a government official, because there is also an election going on," Quinn said.

Meanwhile, Quinn and de Blasio are continuing their sniping, as de Blasio says Quinn lacks credibility on the stop-and-frisk issue because of her support for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Quinn counters that de Blasio has floated as commissioner two people linked to stop-and-frisk, including Kelly's top deputy.

"And this is another example of a tale of two de Blasio's and talking out of both sides of his mouth," Quinn said.

Then there's Thompson, whose team believes he has the right support to land a place in the runoff.

He thanks his backers in advance and also someone, or something, else.

"Before we start, let me give thanks to the Lord," Thompson said.

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