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Candidates Crisscross Massachusetts in Final Push for Votes

It's a weekend full of events for candidates making a final push for votes



    Baker and Gonzalez Spend Weekend Campaigning

    Governor Charlie Baker and opponent Jay Gonzalez spent the weekend ahead of Election Day campaigning. (Published Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018)

    Candidates for a slew of statewide offices are going to be crisscrossing Massachusetts in a final push for votes.

    Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez hit the campaign trail. On Saturday he greeted voters in Boston, Framingham, Brockton, Taunton, New Bedford, Falmouth and Quincy.

    He shook hands and took photos at a campaign office rally in Brockton with incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

    "I know I'm the little guy in this election," Gonzalez said.

    White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    [NATL] White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    Some Leavenworth County, Kansas, officials are calling for Commissioner Louis Klemp's resignation after he insulted a black woman who had just presented a land-use study to the commission. "I don't want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race. You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don't you forget that," Klemp said. 

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    Polls show he's trailing Republican Gov. Charlie Baker by nearly 40 points, but he told supporters to forget about the numbers.

    "Don't let anyone tell you this election's already been decided. The pundits and the polls have been way off base lately," Gonzalez said.

    He also went after Baker's support for Warren's opponent in the Senate race, arguing that a vote for Geoff Diehl is a vote for President Trump's policies.

    "By supporting Geoff Diehl, Charlie Baker is backing an anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, pro-NRA agenda," he said.

    On Sunday, Gonzalez has scheduled events in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Lowell.

    Baker meanwhile stumped for votes in Springfield and Shrewsbury on Saturday.

    Baker says he and Gonzalez disagree on one big thing: how to spend your tax dollars.

    "We started with a big budget deficit. Now we have a surplus. We didn't raise taxes, we just came up with smarter, better ways to deliver services," he said.

    With a 70 percent approval rating, Baker's the most popular governor in the country.

    But like his opponent, he doesn't care about the polls.

    "How many times have we said, 'The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day?'"

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl joined supporters at rallies planned Saturday in Fitchburg and Worcester.

    FDA Announces Crackdown on Cigarettes

    [NATL] FDA Announces Crackdown on Cigarettes

    The Food and Drug Administration is making moves against the tobacco industry in an effort to crack down on smoking in teens, saying it is working to ban menthol and mint in all cigarettes, as well as flavored cigars. The agency also announced it will limit the sales of flavored e-cigarettes to youths, both in stores and online.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    Warren made stops in Brockton and New Bedford on Saturday. On Sunday, Warren has scheduled events in Springfield and Worcester.

    Election Day is Tuesday.

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