Candidates Make Final Appeals to Voters

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4

Decision 2014 generic
NBC Connecticut

Candidates in all six New England states are making their final appeals to voters on Monday. Here's a quick look at what's happening in each state:


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley are competing for last-minute votes as new polling shows the Democratic incumbent leading slightly in the tight race.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday showed 47 percent of likely voters supporting Malloy and 44 percent backing Foley. One day before Election Day, it's still within the margin of error.

Seven percent remain undecided.

The poll did not include petitioning candidate Joe Visconti, who is backing Foley.

The telephone survey of 926 likely voters was conducted Oct. 28-Nov. 2. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

Foley is set to campaign Monday in eastern Connecticut and end in Windsor Locks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Malloy has rallies planned for New Haven and Stamford.


The three candidates battling for the Blaine House are making their final appeals to voters throughout Maine as Election Day looms.

On Monday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler are campaigning across the state and hoping to energize their supporters to get to the polls Tuesday.

Michaud will be campaigning with U.S. Sen. Angus King at New Balance in Skowhegan. The independent senator who had initially backed Cutler recently threw his support behind Michaud, noting Cutler's slim chance of beating LePage.

LePage will be getting help from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, who's heading to Portland Monday evening for a rally.

Cutler spent the morning doing radio interviews and will be touring businesses in downtown Portland Monday afternoon.


The candidates seeking to succeed Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick made their final pitches to voters in the closing hours of the campaign on Monday, while also taking time to attend the funeral for longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, the former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, looked to rally their base and ensure their field organizations were in sound working order before polls opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Secretary of State William Galvin, the state's top elections official, was scheduled to make his prediction later Monday for how many of the state's 4.2 million registered voters would go to the polls. In addition to governor, voters will be deciding races for the U.S. Senate, attorney general and the state's other constitutional offices, along with the fates of four ballot questions - including one that seeks to repeal the states' 2011 casino gambling law.

Coakley, starting her final full day of campaigning at a Cambridge construction site, told workers she felt enthusiastic about her chances, adding she expected the race to hinge on the "ground game" - meaning the get-out-the-vote efforts by both candidates.

"We have had $9 million thrown against us because the Republican Governor's Association and the Koch brothers want to buy this election," Coakley said, a reference to outside spending on behalf of Baker.

She told supporters to ignore recent public opinion polls that showed Baker with a slight edge.

The Republican began his day by campaigning in Braintree with Democratic Mayor Joe Sullivan. Baker has touted the endorsements of a number of Democrats, including the mayors of Quincy and Gloucester, as part of an effort to overcome the institutional advantage the Democratic party typically enjoys in Massachusetts.

During a stop on Sunday in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, Baker said his campaign has worked hard to build support in urban areas of the state.

"We've spent a lot of time in communities of color and a lot of people we met in those communities were the people who helped us build our urban agenda, which, if I'm fortunate enough to get elected, we're going to pursue pretty enthusiastically," he said.

The final day of campaigning was being overshadowed in the city by the final goodbye to Menino. His funeral procession was to stop in several locations around Boston before arriving in his home neighborhood of Hyde Park, where a funeral Mass was scheduled at Most Precious Blood Parish.

Three independents, Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively and Jeff McCormick, are also on Tuesday's ballot for governor. Patrick did not seek re-election after two terms.


New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire for a fifth time this year to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

Christie and Havenstein will greet voters at MacKenna's Restaurant in New London on Monday afternoon. Havenstein faces Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in Tuesday's election.

The Republican Governors Association, which Christie chairs, has spent about $3 million in television advertising on the race. Christie is one of several prominent Republicans who have come to support Havenstein. Others include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Hassan, meanwhile, is getting a boost from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday. She's centered her campaign on bipartisan accomplishments during her first term, while Havenstein is focusing on his business record and creating jobs.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his third trip to Rhode Island to rally support for Republican Allan Fung as the gubernatorial campaign entered its final stretch and both parties focused on getting out the vote.

The Republican Governors Association chairman spoke Monday at the Cranston mayor's headquarters. He urged voters to pick "character over party" and bring change to heavily Democratic Rhode Island.

Democratic nominee Gina Raimondo continued her "Rebuilding the Middle Class" tour with several senior center visits.

The state is poised to make history: Fung would be the first Asian-American governor, and Raimondo would be the first woman.

Tuesday's election also features races for lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general. Ex-Mayor and two-time convicted felon Buddy Cianci is running again for Providence mayor.


Vermont's two main gubernatorial candidates are making their final pitches to voters a day before the 2014 general election.

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is spending much of the day Monday waving to passing motorists from different locations across the state.

His Republican challenger, Scott Milne is going to be hosting a "Tele-Town Hall" meeting on Monday evening.

Political scientists are predicting turnout for this year's election to be low, possibly as low as 45 percent.

The weather Tuesday - cloudy with a high in the low 50s - is not expected to be a factor.

Different towns open their polling places at different times. All close at 7 p.m.

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