Will Bloomberg Win a Decisive Victory In New York City?
(Upper West Side -WABC, November 8, 2005) (WABC) -- From the governors race in New Jersey to the mayoral showdown on this side of the river. Mayor Michael Bloomberg versus challenger Fernando Ferrer.
Compared to the race for New Jerseu governor, New York City's mayoral race was a much less contentious battle as voters decide between Michael Bloomberg and Fernando Ferrer.
Eyewitness News reporter Joe Torres spent the day with the Ferrer campaign, but first we go to political reporter Dave Evans who's covering the Bloomberg camp.
Perhaps the mayor decided to take things a little easy today because Monday he was so busy storming through all five boroughs twice.
Early this morning Mike Bloomberg emerged from a voting booth at P.S. 6 on the Upper East Side appearing confident and upbeat.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "I gave me sort of goosebumps to be in the booth and see my name."
Fours years ago Bloomberg was the un-politician, the underdog struggling to get his name out. Bloomberg beat his opponent Mark Green by just three points back then. With that in mind he says he has a victory speech and a concession speech ready to go tonight.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "I know which one I'd like to give but no matter what the polls say you never know."
No matter what happens tonight Mayor Bloomberg's name will still have some staying power at a deli in midtown. Folks at the Stage Deli named a burger after his honor: the Mayor Michael Bloomberger.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "A hamburger, roll, some onion rings, absolutely nothing fattening about this at all. Good for you."
The biggest win by a republican in city history was back in 1937 when Fiorello LaGuardia won by 20 percentage points. Bloomberg says he doesn't care if be breaks that record, he just wants to win.
Freddy Ferrer is also hoping for some kind of an upset win tonight. Joe Torres has more on that story from the Ferrer camp.
Freddy Ferrer still has one more stop in Parkchester before he goes to his campaign headquarters.
You won't see Freddy Ferrer throwing in the towel just yet. He started his day bright and early this morning here in his home borough of the Bronx.
No clenched fists, no thumbs-up for his supporters. No victorious wave to the cameras. Fernando Ferrer cast his ballot early this morning in the Bronx, perhaps wondering exactly how many other New York City voters also pulled the lever for the democratic mayoral candidate.
Afterwards, the former Bronx borough president shook hands with voters at a subway station, all in a last-ditch effort to get his supporters out to the polls.
Outspent in this campaign by a 10-to-1 margin, Ferrer's calls for more affordable housing, improved public education and a change in leadership never broke through his opponent's advertising blitz, and so, on election day, Ferrer spoke about the excitement in the air, much of it however is directed towards Mr. Bloomberg.
Fernando Ferrer, Mayoral Candidate (D) : "The last week or two of campaigning has been extraordinary. The energy level I've seen on the streets, in every corner of this city has been really, really terrific."
Freddy Ferrer's election night headquarters will be at the Waldorf Astoria. His public schedule says it will be a victory celebration. Most people we talked to say it might be a celebration, but at this point it doesn't look like it'll be a victory.
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