The state’s hotly contested race for the US Senate came to East Boston on Sunday afternoon, as Republican incumbent Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, both marched in the city’s annual Columbus Day parade.
Separated only by the UMass Lowell marching band, the rivals greeted supporters along the route as their aides and volunteers tried to pump up the crowd by chanting slogans and passing out campaign paraphernalia.
Campaign signs for both candidates dotted the route, and Brown and Warren appeared to be greeted with comparable levels of enthusiastic cheers, polite applause, and quiet stares as the parade progressed.
“We appreciate your independence, Scott,” said Fred Sullivan, 53, of West Roxbury. “I’m trying,” replied Brown, who marched with his wife, Gail Huff. “I’m battling every day out there.”
Sullivan, a registered Democrat who plans to vote for Brown, echoed the comments of other Brown supporters who credited him with a willingness to work on both sides of the aisle in Washington.
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