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Democratic Mayoral Candidates Try To Mobilize Support For Tuesday Primary

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The Democratic candidates for mayor are making a final appeal to supporters to get out the vote on primary day, as a new poll shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with a commanding lead over his rivals. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

As political candidates often say, the only poll that counts is the one taken on Election Day.

"We've got two long days ahead of us, and anyone who's been a part of one of these things knows, everything up until now is prelude," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. "The real work's the next two days."

The Democratic candidates for mayor are trying to mobilize their supporters. They not only need them to go to the polls on Tuesday, they need them to get their friends and neighbors there as well.

"One victory will send a message. It'll send a message that the days of women not getting to be everywhere are coming to an end," said Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn.

Former City Comptroller William Thompson rallied with Jewish supporters and, in an unusual move for someone running in the Democratic primary, he touted a new endorsement former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, a Republican.

"He's interested in someone who is going to move this city forward," Thompson said.

"We need someone who is going to bring people together, who's not going frighten the business community," D'Amato said.

City Comptroller John Liu tried to pump up his base in Flushing.

"What do the polls say? The polls say we are getting no votes in Queens. Does this look like no votes?" he said.

There is no hiding, though, the toll the campaign is taking, at least on his voice.

"I am talking to about 2,000 people a day individually," he said.

Anthony Weiner did not rally with supporters, but he did speak with voters around the city.

"Every day, I've been talking about ideas of importance to the middle class and those struggling to make it," he said.

De Blasio has been saying the last few days that there will be a runoff in the Democratic primary, but he made no mention of that point during the rally, and he seemed to be calling on his supporters to put him over the top on Tuesday with 40 percent or more of the vote.

De Blasio is trying to downplay the possibility that he could win this outright on Tuesday. He wants to be in a situation where he exceeds expectations and does not fall short of them. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP