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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - With a ground swell of support behind him from ironworkers in his native South Boston, Congressman Stephen Lynch rallied for every last vote Monday night.
"I think I got laryngitis," said Lynch. "My wife says that wouldn’t happen if I would shut up once in a while."
Although he’s laughing about it now, the illness sidelined Congressman Lynch for nearly his entire last day of campaigning.
"I kind of overdid it, we’ve been working 16-18 hour days," said Lynch. "I think it kind of blew out my throat."
Congressman Ed Markey tried to seize on Lynch’s absence on the campaign trail Monday, adding extra opportunities to meet and greet voters throughout the Commonwealth.
"I’ve been crisscrossing the state over the last four or five days," said Markey. "There have been hundreds of voters coming to these events in cities and towns across the state, so I’m predicting high turnout tomorrow."
The latest polls from Suffolk University show Congressman Markey significantly ahead in bellwether towns leading into the primary.
In Swampscott, Markey leads Lynch 55% to 37%. In Newburyport, that lead is 59% to 35%, while in Sandwich, there is a considerable gap with Markey at 65% and Lynch at 30%.
But Markey says his campaign isn’t sitting back and relying on polls to pull out a win.
"Honestly, the only poll that is important is the one that will be conducted and ended at 8:00 tomorrow night on primary day," Markey said Monday.
Lynch isn’t putting much stock in the polls either, saying he’s confident his record of getting the vote out will give him just to surge he needs to prove the pollsters wrong.
"We didn’t really campaign a lot in those three bellwether towns, so I don’t know how much good that is," said Lynch. "This is a special election. There’s only 15% turnout, so the tough thing to poll is, which 15% are coming out?"