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Quinn, Thompson Race For Run-Off Spot Against De Blasio As Primary Looms

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On the last day of campaigning before voters head to the polls, the Democratic candidates for mayor traversed the city, making a last minute pitch to voters. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Bill de Blasio is the candidate to beat on Primary Day.

"We want to turn out every possible vote. That's what we are focused on," de Blasio said.

As his commanding lead in the polls suggests a win by his rivals is unlikely, Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson are instead fighting for the number two spot.

They are hoping for a chance to reset their campaigns in a three week run-off competition.

"If people come out and vote, I'm confident I'll do well, so we're just urging everybody, 'Come out and vote,'" Thompson said.

Quinn stumped in Jackson Heights with Congressman Joe Crowley, while Thompson was in Flatbush courting voters.

De Blasio started his day outside P.S. 58 in Carroll Gardens, talking to parents on the first day of school.

"A lot of them are excited at the notion of having a public school parent in City Hall," de Blasio said.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows de Blasio with 39 percent of the support from likely Democratic voters, which puts him within striking distance of the 40 percent he needs to avoid a run-off.

Thompson is in second place with 25 percent, while 18 percent are with Quinn, the one-time front runner.

"I always knew the polls would move around, that they would change, that early polls were largely about name recognition because of the position I hold as speaker of the City Council. I knew things would be tight, and I also knew this would be a fight till the end," Quinn said.

It has been a grueling campaign, and one in which several candidates saw their political fortunes rise and fall quite dramatically.

"It would be nice to sleep. It's been a long, long road," de Blasio said.

The question now is whether de Blasio can get enough votes to avoid a run-off.

His campaign aides insist there will be one, but rest assured they will be trying to put him over the top on Primary Day. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP