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    Political Happy Hour: November 3, 2014

    Here’s your early afternoon mug of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe in New London, N.H.

    MAYOR MENINO REMEMBERED AT FUNERAL, via Eric Moskowitz and Martin Finucane on “Former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, who led the city through two decades of change, was remembered Monday at his funeral Mass as a man who built bridges and backed the underdog during a life devoted to helping the people of the city he loved. ‘He hit the neighborhoods, acting on the values that lay deep in his soul. Those values told him to stand up for people, stand up to adversity, stand up for what’s right,’ Mayor Martin J. Walsh said at a funeral service at Most Precious Blood church in Hyde Park. ...”


    •MASS. GOV, via David Scharfenberg in Braintree on “Republican Charlie Baker, hoping to win the governor’s office in a deep blue state, kicked off his final full day of campaigning Monday morning with a push for Democratic and independent votes. ...”


    •MASS. GOV, via Michael Levenson in Cambridge on “At her first stop of the day, Martha Coakley stood on the back of a Ford F-150 pickup at the Novartis job site here and spoke to a crowd of about 150 union construction workers in battered hard hats and fluorescent yellow vests. ‘If you have my back for the next 36 hours, I will have yours for the next four years,’ [she] said ... ”

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    •MAINE GOV, via the Associated Press in Augusta: “The three candidates battling for the Blaine House are making their final appeals to voters throughout Maine as Election Day looms. On Monday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler are campaigning across the state and hoping to energize their supporters to get to the polls Tuesday. ...” Link via WCSH:

    •N.H. SENATE: This morning at a GOP campaign office in Keene, N.H., Scott Brown greeted volunteers, spent a few minutes calling potential voters, and told reporters he is “cautiously optimistic” about his US Senate race against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown said he had put his full effort into his campaign.

    “If I’ve done my very, very best, then I can live with the consequences, whether they be pro or con,” he said. “And that’s what I feel we’ve done is we left everything on the field and we’ve done our very, very best.” Brown and other New Hampshire GOP candidates are set to campaign with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in New London, N.H., this afternoon.



    •MASS. GOV AND N.H. SENATE, via Joe Battenfeld on “ ... Republican Charlie Baker clings to a narrow lead over Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts gubernatorial contest, while in New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is holding off GOP challenger Scott Brown in a high-stakes U.S. Senate brawl, a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald bellwether poll reveals. ... Baker ... leads Coakley by a 46-42 percent margin in Waltham and just a 45-44 percent margin in Gloucester ... according to the poll of 300 likely voters in each bellwether community. ... Shaheen holds a 47-40 percent lead over [Brown] in the city of Manchester, the poll shows. And Shaheen leads Brown by a narrower 44-41 percentage point lead in the town of Epping. ... ”

    •N.H. SENATE, via Jean Mackin on “... The WMUR Granite State poll shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen with a two percent lead over Republican challenger Scott Brown ... 47 percent to 45 percent. However Dr. Andy Smith with the UNH survey center says that when you factor in the six percent of undecided voters and the margin of error, it’s a dead heat. ...”

    •CONN. GOV, via Christopher Keating on “The final Quinnipiac University poll before the election shows [Conn.] Gov. Dannel P. Malloy leading Republican challenger Tom Foley by 3 percentage points in a race that is too close to call. ...”

    LAST-MINUTE PITCH, from Charlie Baker — a triple-long 90-second upbeat spot with his wife and daughter set to air a single time this evening on three Boston-area broadcast television stations:

    THE DAY AFTER — CAN BAKER BRING THE MASS. GOP BACK?, via David S. Bernstein of Boston magazine: “We don’t yet know who will win the election for governor Tuesday, but if it turns out to be Charlie Baker, we just might be in for a genuine resurgence—within a very limited definition of that term—of the Massachusetts Republican Party. It’s been a long time coming. Since its zenith following the 1990 election, the MassGOP has dwindled, flailed, and sputtered to its current state of irrelevance. ...”


    THE NATIONAL PICTURE, via Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker of the New York Times: “The most expensive midterm elections in American history moved toward what could be an inconclusive finish on Monday, the last full day of campaigning before Election Day. Polls show control of the Senate trending Republican but still up for grabs and an angry electorate unclear on what it wants from Washington in Barack Obama’s final two years as president. ...”

    WHAT I IMAGINE IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A POLITICIAN SOMETIMES — A HIGH WIRE ACT WITH NO NET, via Emanuella Grinberg on “Record-breaking daredevil Nik Wallenda completed Sunday what he called his most challenging feat to date: a tightrope walk between two skyscrapers 600 feet above downtown Chicago, partly blindfolded. ...” Link with video:

    On Tuesday night, adulation awaits for the winner. For the loser, it’s a long way down.

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