After thousands of handshakes, hundreds of ads and millions of dollars spent, it’s time for the candidates to let voters do the talking.
Polls opened across the district at 7 a.m. today and will remain open until 8 p.m.
Both Democratic incumbent John Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei were out across the district yesterday stumping for every last vote in what is expected to be a very close election to decide the next congressman from the Massachusetts 6th District.
Tisei met with voters in Newburyport, Lynnfield, Beverly and Peabody and made several radio appearances.
Tierney began before 7 a.m. yesterday greeting voters at the Swampscott train station; lunched later with firefighters; and made stops in Nahant, Salem, Peabody, Lynn, North Reading, Saugus and Wakefield.
Hoping to help the Democrats’ cause, Gov. Deval Patrick paid a visit to Salem Democratic headquarters on Washington Street yesterday to pump up volunteers. In a fiery speech in front of a who’s who of North Shore politicians, Patrick told dozens of volunteers that “the American dream is on the table in this election,” and President Barack Obama “needs partners” in Washington “willing to come together and solve problems for the common good.”
“This president needs (U.S. Senate candidate) Elizabeth Warren, this president needs John Tierney,” Patrick said. “We need Elizabeth Warren, and we need John Tierney.”
“Let’s tomorrow celebrate the start of the work that lies ahead. Now get going,” he told volunteers.
Warren’s opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, paid a visit to Tisei’s campaign headquarters in Lynnfield yesterday morning to rally supporters there. Tisei estimates that he’ll have as many as 500 volunteers on the ground today holding signs outside polling places, calling voters and driving people to the polls. About 60 volunteers showed up to a phone bank yesterday to remind supporters to get out and vote.