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Analysis: Runoff could hinge on size of turnout for NYC primary

MANHATTAN (PIX11) – Watching New York City political candidates was exhausting on Monday.  A jam-packed schedule and candidates determined to gain last-minute votes led to a full day for politicians and reporters alike.

Bill deBlasio was mobbed by media in the Upper West Side as he attempted to meet and greet voters.  Christine Quinn started her day out in Hamilton Heights, but it was Bill Thompson with the most hectic schedule as he began his 2nd round of 24 hours straight of campaigning.

“This is the city that never sleeps.  I guess I’m not going to sleep for 24 hours also,” said Thompson.

But what difference can a candidate make with less than 24 hours before voters head to the polls?

Jeanne Zaino Professor of Political Science at Iona College believes these final moments are crucial, particularly in the mayoral race where numbers continue to shift.

But you ask Douglas Muzzio, Public Affairs Professor at Baruch College, the same question and you’ll get a slightly different response.

“Usually it’s more for the psychi of the candiate themselves. They need this.  In terms of if it is going to affect an election? No.  Are you going to change any minds? No,” said Muzzio.

Zaino and Muzzio, however, both contend the action and movements by campaign staffers behind the scenes is what is really crucial at this time.  Calls and contacts were being made and many are even still going door to door, but a major focus was also placed on social networking sites like Twitter.

This political season unlike any other, social media has played an important role and the tweets were being posted even faster and more furiously now.

“They’re really narrowing their focus at this point.  They’re not just appealing to all New Yorkers, but to constituents they think they can win,” said Zaino.

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