Republican Bob Turner is enjoying a lead in the race for Anthony Weiner’s old seat in the 9th Congressional District, but Democrats aren’t going down without a fight as supporters of David Weprin rallied for constituents to get out the vote. NY1’s Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Republican Bob Turner, the leading candidate for Anthony Weiner’s former seat in the 9th Congressional District, is pumped up.
“Tuesday we'll get out the vote, and we will get them out in numbers that are going to knock their socks off, and we are going to win,” said Turner.
A poll released Friday showed Turner with a six point lead over his Democratic rival David Weprin.
Turner was the underdog going into the race, and there are many more Democrats in the district than Republicans.
At Turner's campaign headquarters, supporters worked the phones and prepared to go door-to-door making the case for their candidate.
Weprin took a break from campaigning. As an Orthodox Jew, he observes the Sabbath, but other Democratic officials were out and about.
“I believe Mr. Weprin will be successful, and I am doing everything I can to make that a reality,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Democratic women gathered in Queens to blast Turner for his opposition to abortion rights.
“[Turner] would go back to the days of coat hangers and backroom alleys, and I remember those days,” said State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.
Weprin backers also tried to deflate a central narrative of Turner's campaign: that a vote for Bob Turner is a way to register anger with the Obama administration.
“You want to send a message to President Obama? Call the White House, send him an email. If you want a great congressman who is going to fight for you, vote for David Weprin,” said Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman.
In the end, the race will come down to voter turnout. The Democrats are mobilizing a strong get out the vote effort, while Turner's team is trying to ride the momentum it has gained all the way to a win.