Mass. Senate hopefuls launch final weekend swing

BOSTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren crisscrossed the state on their final weekend of campaigning before Election Day.

Both candidates were appearing at several rallies as their campaigns geared up for crucial get-out-the-vote efforts in the nation's most expensive Senate race to date and one of the races that could determine control of the U.S. Senate for the next two years.

Brown, who won an upset in a January 2010 special election to succeed the Sen. Edward Kennedy, continued his "people over party" bus tour stopped on Saturday for a rally at Plimoth Plantation, a museum and replica of the first Pilgrim settlement in Plymouth.

Brown continued to stress his theme of bipartisanship as he reached out to independent voters. He told a crowd of supporters that with moderate Republican senators such as Indiana's Richard Lugar and Maine's Olympia Snowe leaving Washington in January, it was important to elect senators willing to compromise.

The Republican said the Massachusetts Democratic party was eager to regain the Senate seat Kennedy held for 47 years until his death.

"Make no mistake about it, folks, they want the so-called 'Kennedy seat' back ... someone who will be in lockstep with their party, and they don't want someone like me who will be an independent voter," said Brown, repeating an oft-stated reference to being one of the most bipartisan senators in Washington.

Brown also unveiled a new Web video Saturday featuring testimonials from Democrats who are backing his re-election campaign. While several other Republican candidates were featured at Saturday's rally, there was no mention of former Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, who is not expected to carry his home state.

Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, was appearing with Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader, at a rally in Boston on Saturday. Patrick and Lewis also joined Warren at an event in Springfield.

The Democrat also was rallying in Lawrence, where she was joining by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, the widow of former U.S. senator and onetime presidential candidate Paul Tsongas.

On Friday, Warren held a rally in Lowell at a gym owned by Art Ramhalho, who trained Lowell boxer Micky Ward. Ward's story was told in the film "The Fighter." Ramalho, has called Warren "a fighter we need in our corner."

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