PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A funny thing happened to Milton Street on the way to the primary election against incumbent Mayor Michael Nutter. Facing an uphill battle, Street is now being courted by several Democratic council at-large candidates.

Only five people will win the Democratic citywide contests for at-large council seats, which means that the candidates need all help they can get. Street has been inundated with requests to be on his ballot (given out to voters as they arrive outside the polling stations.)

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That gives him, in the days prior to the election, a dose of real power. Candidates in low turnout primaries like tomorrow need organized help to get elected.

Whether Street’s support on sample ballots can help some of these candidates is a matter of debate, but Democratic Party sources suggest that in North, West and Southwest Philadelphia, it can’t hurt.

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Of course, Mayor Nutter has his slate of candidates.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060

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