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Campaign Analysis: Mayoral Candidates Criss-Cross City As Primary Nears

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In the last week of campaigning before Tuesday's primary, the candidates for mayor crisscrossed the city getting their final pitch out to voters, and the results are telling. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

There is no time to stop.

"We're doing a five borough tour today. We've got volunteers all over the city working hard, and we're going to finish strong," said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

As every brief moment is tailored to sway voters, NY1 tracked the candidates' public schedules for the final week on the trail.

Many of the candidates' schedules follow a similar pattern.

"The candidates are focusing on number one where their bases are, and number two where they expect the votes to come from," said Steven Romalewski from CUNY Mapping Service. "Going from upper Manhattan all the way down through Lower East Side and Chinatown into downtown Brooklyn and then out through central Brooklyn and over into southeast Queens."

These locations are where the prime voters are.

Take, for example, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

He spent much of his time sweeping through central Brooklyn and focusing on southeastern Queens, areas which have strong African American communities with solid Democratic voters.

Thompson won these areas solidly in the 2009 general election.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, meanwhile, turned her attention north.

She focused in on areas like Astoria, along with Forest Hills and Rego Park.

Defending her home turf, Quinn also spent a good chunk of time in Manhattan.

Surging ahead in the polls, de Blasio made fewer campaign stops than his rivals, nearly sidestepping Queens entirely.

Instead, he focused in on Brooklyn and prime democratic voters on the Upper West Side - the exact same places he did well in the 2009 primary.

De Blasio did very well in his home borough Brooklyn, but lost much of Queens.

Those candidates trailing far behind, such as City Comptroller John Liu, crisscrossed the entire city.

Anthony Weiner, meanwhile, stuck to areas with prime voters.

As for the Republicans, they directed more of their attention to Staten Island, southern Brooklyn and some parts of Queens, areas with high concentrations of GOP voters.

For each visit, the Republican candidates made sure their campaign message was tuned in for their audience.

"It's my favorite borough," said Joe Lhota.

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