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November 5, 2012

Mass. campaign season speeding to a close

BOSTON — A feisty campaign season in Massachusetts is speeding to a close with voters facing a slew of decisions, from picking a president and a U.S. senator, to deciding ballot questions and electing members of Congress and the Legislature.

The marquee event is the race pitting Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, the most expensive political contest in Massachusetts history.

Voters will also choose between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama and decide the fate of ballot questions that would legalize medical marijuana, allow physician-assisted suicide and overhaul car repair rules.

Brown and Warren took to the trail yesterday for a final full day of campaigning.

Brown embarked on the last day of a four-day bus tour, including nine stops across the state and an evening rally in his hometown of Wrentham.

In Lowell, Brown, accompanied by his wife, Gail Huff, and daughter Arianna, visited a field office where he thanked a few dozen volunteers making last-minute phone calls and urged supporters to take to Facebook, email and their phones to get family and friends to the polls.

Brown said the energy level on the campaign was even stronger than in 2010, when he won a special election to succeed the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Brown also took a turn on the phones himself.

“This is Sen. Scott Brown, sorry to bug you,” he said to a Truro resident on the other end of the line. “Can I count on your vote? Thank you very much. Tell your family and friends.”

“Two for two,” he joked after ending the call, his second.

Brown won Lowell in the 2010 special election by about 1,000 votes out of 20,000 cast in the city. Fewer than 40 percent of registered voters in Lowell went to the polls in that election.

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