WRENTHAM — Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren raced around the state today from early morning until evening, hugging babies and rallying supporters as they made one final push for votes on the last day of campaigning in the tight race for US Senate.
Riding a campaign bus, Brown made nine stops that took him from Lynn to Worcester, to his hometown of Wrentham for one last evening rally in a function hall where he has marked important moments in his political career. At Lake Pearl Luciano’s tonight, he stood with his wife before several hundred supporters, a scene similar to the one just prior to his 2010 victory, and on the night of his election to the state Senate in 2004.
“You know Scott Brown. You’re his neighbors, you’re his friends,” Brown’s wife, Gail Huff, said.
Warren ended the night with an outdoor rally before hundreds of supporters, many of them union members waving campaign signs, in West Roxbury.
“This is what it all comes down to, all the hard work,” she said, standing on a platform and looking out at the crowd. “Out here I see people who have been at this for more than a year now. We’ve made phone calls, we’ve held signs, we’ve knocked on doors… we’ve done it all but it comes down to one day.”
Earlier in the day, Warren held a series of mini-rallies, vowing to fight for the middle class in the mold of Edward M. Kennedy, the late liberal whose seat Brown won in a victory that continues to sting the Democratic establishment.
Standing with Warren outside a Dorchester coffee shop, two of Kennedy’s sons, Edward Jr. and Patrick, the former Rhode Island congressman, said Warren would carry on the Kennedy family’s fight for the less powerful.
As she spoke, the Democratic establishment rallied around her – union members held signs, while local officials took their turn at the microphone.
Warren, who entered the race with connections to the activist base of the party as well as to national figures from her time in Washington, has been closing her campaign with a hyper-local focus. City councilors, school committee members and state legislators are all getting prominent roles warming up the crowd as part of an effort to show she is rooted in Massachusetts communities, and is not a creature of Washington or Harvard.
“The energy is terrific,” Warren said later, during a stop at a Fall River bakery. “But look, every vote counts. And what this is really about is getting everyone to the polls.”
Brown spent his morning making several stops on the North Shore. During a visit to a Beverly diner, Brown seized on a “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday night about the state of intense gridlock in Congress to make a final a pitch that his bipartisan pledge is crucial to moving the country forward.
“We had our two leaders, the majority and minority leader down there and neither of them would even look at each other,’’ he said today at the Depot Diner, recounting the report on the CBS News television show, between casual conversations with patrons, including fellow Tufts alumni.
“They were talking over each other. Those are the people who I am trying to deal with down there, folks, the extremes on both sides,’’ the incumbent Republican said. “And by having me down there in the middle, bridging that gap, bridging that divide, it is what we need down there.’’
Brown, wearing his signature brown barncoat, expressed confidence in Tuesday’s election by reminding supporters of his historic special election victory over Democrat Martha Coakley two years ago.
“The momentum is definitely here,’’ Brown said. “I feel it. I feel it more than I felt it, actually, in 2010.”
Brown also alluded to recent polls, most of which have shown Democrat Elizabeth Warren holding a lead, but the last poll taken by the Boston Herald/UMass Lowell showed Brown leading by 1 percentage point.
He said the tightness of the race was no mystery, reminding supporters that he had predicted a close election all along. But he seemed to relish the image of an underdog, which was central to his 2010 victory.
“I need you to push back against that machine,’’ Brown said. “The machine that is here from the national level. It is here from the local level.”