One day before Democratic primary, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch is sidelined by illness, campaign says

The day before Election Day is traditionally conducted at a headlong pitch for most candidates, and US Representative Stephen F. Lynch was set to be no exception today. Lynch had 11 entries on his public schedule, from shaking hands with voters at a train station in Kingston to greeting seniors in Worcester.

Now, due to what his campaign said was an illness, most of Lynch’s campaign plans for the day have been erased. A campaign spokesman said Lynch woke up feeling sick, but declined to elaborate.

Initially, a campaign spokesman said that Margaret Lynch, the congressman’s wife, would stand in for her husband at the Worcester seniors event, but later in the morning, the spokesman said Margaret Lynch, too, would stay home due to illness.

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Still on the docket for Lynch is the traditional Election Eve rally at the Iron Worker’s Hall in South Boston. It’s the same venue where, as state senator, Lynch hosted St. Patrick’s Day breakfasts.

Both public and private polls have shown Lynch trailing US Representative Edward J. Markey, but Lynch late last week claimed momentum and predicted a five-point victory.