Yesterday, mayoral candidates Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Comptroller Bill Thompson campaigned with just days away until the election. And they made sure to encourage voters to get out the vote: NY1 reports that Bloomberg went to a "get out of the vote" rally in Queens while Thompson said, "This is all about turnout and really a question of who comes out and votes. So I think he's concerned, not just because his votes may stay home, I think he's concerned about the change that people in New York City are indicating all across the city. They'd like to see a new mayor, they'd like to see change in City Hall."
In what could be a somewhat depressing article to Thompson and his campaign, the Daily News reports that when shown a photograph of Thompson, various New Yorkers had responses like, "I know he's running for mayor, but I don't know his name," "He's the guy who's running for mayor. I don't know if I'm planning on voting. The only other time I've voted was for Obama, because he was the first black President," and "Isn't he running for mayor? I know Obama endorsed him. To be honest, I think I am voting for Bloomberg. He's done a good job so far, and he has money. Money matters."
The NY Times looks at the negative tone the most recent campaign ads from both candidates (though ads for Bloomberg, with his projected $100 million campaign, has really blanketed the airwaves). The Thompson campaign says, “Most campaigns stay within certain boundaries. The Bloomberg folks basically disregarded that completely," as Bloomberg's campaign counters, "Instead of making any kind of positive case for himself in his ads, Mr. Thompson has chosen to attack the mayor and distort his record."