With only three more days before the mayoral primaries, the candidates are touring the five boroughs to make their final cases to voters.
But WNYC metro editor Andrea Bernstein says there is probably little they can do in these last few days to influence the election. She said an event like Sandy, or even a last minute negative campaign drive, could change things — but there is little indication that anything extreme like that will happen.
Instead, this election has been shaped by events with a more subtle effect on the campaigns, like the landmark stop-and-frisk ruling, or even candidate Anthony Weiner's fall from grace.
But one thing is clear. New Yorkers are ready for a change from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and so far Bill de Blasio seems to have done the best job at convincing the masses that he is the answer.
"His message of the 'tale of two cities' turns out to be very much in tune with the zeitgeist," said Bernstein. "There is tremendous anxiety about economic inequality — themes that were first launched into the public arena by Occupy Wall Street — and it turns out that voters who have been thinking for a long time, 'Ok I like the job that Mayor Bloomberg has done, but I'm getting sort of cranky with who he is,' are now beginning to sway toward, 'I want someone who's the most different.'