The candidates in the hard fought closely watched U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts rallied their supporters in eastern Massachusetts Monday. The focus on election eve in western Massachusetts is the voter turnout operation, the so-called ground game. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Massachusetts senior US Senator John Kerry visited the Democratic Party’s western Massachusetts campaign headquarters in Springfield on election-eve and gave a pep talk to the volunteers.
Kerry, who played the part of Mitt Romney in debate preparation sessions with President Obama, devoted most of his talk to criticizing the Republican presidential nominee. He said that Romney’s tax policies would destroy the nation’s economic recovery.
Kerry did not mention Scott Brown’s name. He said control of the US Senate was at stake in Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts and warned that a Republican senate would not be good for the Bay State.
To try and get Elizabeth Warren elected on Tuesday, the Massachusetts Democratic Party has assembled a get out the vote operation that exceeds what it had two years ago for Deval Patrick. There are 20,000 volunteers, an average of 10 for each of the state’s voting precincts. One of the volunteers is Richard Peck , who says he’s spent the last several weeks knocking on doors in Springfield, West Sprngfield and Agawam.
Raymond Jordan, the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Committee said the ground game will make the difference in the end.
Senator Brown’s get out the vote effort is no match for Warren’s. But a spokesman for the Massachusetts Republican Party said its field operation is more elaborate, and organized than in 2010, when Brown won the special election.
Alex Sanchez is volunteer at a Brown campaign phone bank in East Longmeadow.
The most recent public polls in the race show either candidate could win. Tim Vercellotti, the director of the Western New England University Polling Institute said its most recent survey, published Sunday, had Warren ahead by 4 points.
Vercellotti believes the key to the Senate race in Massachusetts will be which candidate gets the most votes from people who also vote for President Obama. In a poll four weeks ago, Brown was getting 18% of the Obama vote. In the most recent poll he was getting 10%
The Brown-Warren senate race has shattered campaign spending records in Massachusetts. The campaigns had spent a total of $68 million by mid-October. Warren, a first time candidate, raised more money than any challenger for a congressional seat in the country.