COAKLEY’S CLOSING STATEMENT…. State Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), an accomplished attorney and public advocate, knows the importance of a strong closing statement. So, the day before the special election in Massachusetts, Coakley is turning her final message to voters over to President Obama.
This new ad, released about an hour ago, takes footage from yesterday’s campaign rally, and features the president telling voters, “Martha knows the struggles Massachusetts’s working families face because she’s lived those struggles. She’s fought for the people of Massachusetts every single day. As attorney general, she took on Wall Street, recovered millions for Massachusetts taxpayers. She went after big insurance companies, took on predatory lenders. That’s what Martha Coakley’s about.”
In the ad’s conclusion, Obama reminds voters, “Every vote matters. Every voice matters. We need you on Tuesday.” Not surprisingly, the new commercial makes no reference to Coakley’s opponent.
As far as 11th-hour polling, the Democratic campaign’s internals reportedly show Coakley up by two — those same internals showed her trailing by a few points late last week. As for Research 2000, the outfit conducted a poll in Massachusetts last week that showed Coakley leading conservative Republican Scott Brown by eight, 49% to 41%. Over the weekend, R2K ran another poll, showing the two candidates tied at 48% each. Noting the results, Laura Clawson added, “As we keep saying, this one comes down to GOTV.”
And speaking of GOTV, the Republican Party in Massachusetts tends to have weak organizational infrastructure, and as a result, Brown’s campaign is reportedly “hiring scores of paid temp workers from temp agencies to help staff Brown’s get-out-the-vote effort, work that’s typically handled by unpaid volunteers.”