WEST NEW YORK – A fatigued-looking Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega projected battered confidence as the campaign headed into the final hours of Election Day and at headquarters the mood was tentatively upbeat with the news that early day turnout was underwhelming.
But that could change with an evening rush.
A few blocks away, the opposition focused on driving voters out of the waterfront community. These are the homeowners hit hardest by tax increases the mayor oversaw two years ago and the teeth of challenger Felix Roque’s attack.
“We’re very hopeful that we will get those voters to the polls as they come home from work,” Roque campaign strategist Joe DeMarco told PolitickerNJ.com.
In Team Vega headquarters, an ally exulted with the news that there are three and three quarter hours until the polls close as Vega, accompanied by pieces of his entourage, headed for the front door and the street.
A late source said the numbers of voters had increased significantly late in the day and into the day.