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De Blasio Attends "Get Out The Vote" Rallies Ahead Of Tuesday's Election

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On the last weekend of campaigning before Election Day, Bill de Blasio is trying to prove to New Yorkers that he is not complacent about the election, given his lead in the polls, and he is trying to make sure his supporters feel the same way. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Bill de Blasio is teaming up with the rest of the Democratic ticket to try and get voters to the polls on Election Day.

"I'm very proud of what is about to happen on Tuesday," said Scott Stringer, the Democratic candidate for city comptroller. "Think about what we're about to do. We're about to elect the most progressive mayor this country has ever seen."

At a rally on the Upper West Side Saturday, the Democratic nominee for mayor tried to energize his base. He also promoted some of the central proposals of his campaign.

"It is a bold idea to ask the wealthy to pay more so we can have full-day pre-k and after-school for middle-school kids, and it's the right idea," de Blasio said.

From there, he went downtown for a rally with women who are backing his bid. De Blasio's former political rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, spoke on his behalf.

"What we need you to do is go back to the neighborhoods you're from and you live in and knock on doors," Quinn said. "Tell people for their future, for their daughter's future, for their grandmother's future, for their aunt's future, they need to go and get everyone they know to go vote on Tuesday so our agenda doesn't just get into City Hall, but has a wind at its back."

It was also an opportunity for de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, to get her message out.

"We know nearly half of New Yorkers are living at or near the poverty line," McCray said. "We know hospital after hospital are closing, only to be replaced by condos, luxury condos. Do we need that? No!"

"Let's just say Chirlane McCray will not be a traditional first lady," de Blasio said.

As for Election Day, de Blasio was asked if he needs to win a certain percentage of the vote to get the mandate he says he wants. He would not give any numbers, but he said that New Yorkers will know a mandate when they see one. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP