Mayor Bloomberg favored to win 3rd term

Polling Hours: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
November 3, 2009 2:54:44 PM PST
Mayor Bloomberg's quest for a third term will be decided today. Democratic challenger Bill Thompson based much of his campaign the mayor breaking his promise to not run again.

Thompson voted at Public School 242 in Harlem, accompanied by his wife and his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

"I'm looking forward to victory tonight when the polls close," he said. "What you can see in the polls are the trends. The gap is closing and continues to close. I'm saying to everybody, come out and vote. We don't know where the turnout is going to be, and every vote is important."

"Victory's in the air," added State Senator Bill Perkins, who ran into Thompson on the way out. "How do you spell victory? B-I-L-L."

After Thompson voted, he shook hands with Harlem voters at a subway station at the corner of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue, the first stop on a full day of last-minute campaigning through every borough except Staten Island.

Thompson campaigned across the city on Monday, but the latest polling news is not good. It has the race at 50 to 38 percent with Bloomberg in front.

Tuesday morning, Mayor Bloomberg walked two blocks from his town house to P.S. 6 on the Upper East Side to vote for himself -- for the third time.

"It's a very competitive world out there, and I'd be honored to lead this city for the next four years," he said.

Bloomberg bought coffee and a snack from a PTA bake sale. He then said it is the right of every American to vote.

"We have young men and women during the last 235 years who have been fighting and sometimes dying around the world to give us the right to do this," he said. "It would be a shame if people didn't take advantage of that opportunity."

Bloombeg said he was not concerned about low turnout.

"I've heard estimates that are shockingly low, to estimates that are very high," he said. "I did get an E-mail from one of my friends this morning who voted on 60th Street on the East Side. He said the polling place was chock-a-block full of people and he was sure they're all going to vote for me."

After voting, Bloomberg went to a subway stop at West 72nd Street and Broadway to shake hands with commuters. He stayed for about 15 minutes. His campaign said he would have no more public events until a post-election party tonight.

The polls are open until 9 p.m.

Eyewitness News will have complete coverage of the results on Tuesday night, both on Channel 7 and on 7online.com.

If you need to locate your polling place, please visit vote.nyc.ny.us/pollingplaces.html

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