The raucous political prizefight between U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren entered the 12th round yesterday with both candidates brawling to the final bell after a grueling campaign.
Brown finished up his 1,000-mile bus tour while Warren rolled out the Kennedy clan for added fuel.
"You sent me down there not to be like the others. You sent me down there not to be that partisan idealogue. You sent me down there to be Scott Brown from Wrentham. ... I'll continue to work for you in that regard," said Brown at an election eve rally in his hometown before a crowd the campaign pegged at about 900.
And Brown wasn't beyond recruiting voters one by one.
After Pat Ackroyd of Acton was quoted in yesterday's Herald saying she wanted to hear more about Brown's position on women's issues, Brown said he dialed her up personally.
"I explained to her each and every one of my votes," Brown said. "She said, 'Oh my goodness, that was easy.'"
Brown dismissed a University of Massachusetts Lowell/Boston Herald poll released yesterday showing him up by 1 percent among likely voters.
"The only poll that matters is at 8:01 tomorrow," Brown said. "I'm psyched."
Meanwhile, Warren stayed on script, issuing a rally cry for Democrats from Boston to Fall River to Worcester to reclaim the seat long held by the Liberal Lion, former U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
"If you loved my father, Senator Edward Kennedy, you're going to love the champion of working people that Elizabeth Warren is going to be for the commonwealth of Massachusetts," said former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy at a stop in Boston.
In Fall River, Mayor Will Flanagan stood by Warren's side, and in Worcester, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray jumped on board. And in Framingham, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey pumped up her campaign.
Standing before hundreds at Framingham High, Markey reminded the crowd of the race's huge implications for the delicate balance of power in Congress, saying they shouldn't trust crucial votes on health care, the environment and Senate leadership to Republicans.
"One vote, ladies and gentlemen. One vote in education, one vote on health care. One vote on the environment," he said. "And that one vote is the vote which we are going to ensure that Elizabeth Warren is casting on the floor."
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