With the polls opening in less than 24 hours, Democrat Martha Coakley's campaign is running a campaign ad featuring President Obama's ringing words of endorsement of her at a Boston rally.Obama, who led the rally Sunday and had previously taped robocalls and a Web video for Coakley, is putting his political capital on the line in an effort to nudge Coakley past a surprisingly strong challenge by Republican Scott Brown.
Brown's campaign, for its part, announced today that it was releasing a new Web video from a competing rally it held in Worcester Sunday at about the same time as the president's appearance. It also said it was launching a website, thevoterbomb.com, where people can register and say how many people they will personally ensure vote Tuesday.
“Our campaign is grateful for the incredible momentum that the grassroots have provided in recent weeks,” Brown said in a statement. “The voters in Massachusetts will decide who wins this race, not Coakley and her allies in Washington."
The campaign said that thousands of people had already logged onto the site and pledged to call up to 20 friends reminding them to vote or offerng to drive them to the polls.
Coakley campaign manager Kevin Conroy said voters understood the "clear difference" between Brown and Coakley.
Coakley would "stand with middle class families and lead our Commonwealth into a more prosperous future," Conroy said in a statement.
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