ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - With just a day left in the Albuquerque mayor's race, all three men looking for the city's vote were out and about making one last push.
In a neighborhood near Wyoming and Menaul, Mayor R.J. Berry was going door to door. Despite polling in September that showed the Republican incumbent getting more than 60 percent support, Berry says he's not taking anything for granted.
"We're just out asking for the job and letting people know that we have a passion for this city," Berry said. "You trust they'll go out and vote and they'll vote as they see fit and hopefully at the end of the day, they'll give you that chance."
South of I-40 near Girard and Coal, the race's lone Democrat Pete Dinelli is making his pitch too. Dinelli, the city's former public safety director, is banking on turnout being higher than normal.
Republican and former APD Sgt. Paul Heh had a similar hope as he set up a campaign sign near Sandia High School.
"The biggest thing is the city has got to get out and vote," Heh said. "Don't let 13 percent of the city decide who's going to be your next mayor."
"I think we've run a good race with the money we've had and the approach we've taken has been very grass roots," Dinelli said. "So I'm hoping that tomorrow we're going to have a bigger-than-normal turnout."
But UNM political science professor Gabe Sanchez says that's not likely.
In 2009 at the last mayoral election, 83,000 city voters participated. Sanchez expects this year's turnout to be much lower, a bad sign for Dinelli.
"What you know that does for an electorate is it makes it older, more white and more affluent than what the overall demographics of the city look like," Sanchez said. "I don't really see [Dinelli] as having anything other than a puncher's chance at forcing a runoff."
No mayoral candidate has earned more than 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot since at least as far back as 1977.
If nobody gets more than 50 percent, the city would hold a runoff election in mid-November.
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