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Candidates crisscross state with final pitches

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  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, left, during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, left, during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, left, during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, left, during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the medal ceremony after the running of the Boston Athletic Association 10k in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the medal ceremony after the running of the Boston Athletic Association 10k in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the medal ceremony after the running of the Boston Athletic Association 10k in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the medal ceremony after the running of the Boston Athletic Association 10k in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Vice President Joe Biden, top left, speaks while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, second from right, as Markey's wife Susan Blumenthal, third from right, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., right, look on during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Vice President Joe Biden, top left, speaks while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, second from right, as Markey's wife Susan Blumenthal, third from right, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., right, look on during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Marathon 2013 men's winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. Lelisa ran in the Boston Athletic Association 10k after which he presented his 2013 winners medal as a gift to the city in tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Marathon 2013 men's winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. Lelisa ran in the Boston Athletic Association 10k after which he presented his 2013 winners medal as a gift to the city in tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Marathon 2013 men's winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. Lelisa ran in the Boston Athletic Association 10k after which he presented his 2013 winners medal as a gift to the city in tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Marathon 2013 men's winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. Lelisa ran in the Boston Athletic Association 10k after which he presented his 2013 winners medal as a gift to the city in tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Vice President Joe Biden, top left, speaks while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, second from right, as Markey's wife Susan Blumenthal, third from right, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., right, look on during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Vice President Joe Biden, top left, speaks while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, second from right, as Markey's wife Susan Blumenthal, third from right, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., right, look on during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, left, during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Vice President Joe Biden, right, listens while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, left, during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the medal ceremony after the running of the Boston Athletic Association 10k in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, wave to the crowd after being introduced during the medal ceremony after the running of the Boston Athletic Association 10k in Boston, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Vice President Joe Biden, top left, speaks while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, second from right, as Markey's wife Susan Blumenthal, third from right, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., right, look on during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Marathon 2013 men's winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. Lelisa ran in the Boston Athletic Association 10k after which he presented his 2013 winners medal as a gift to the city in tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Marathon 2013 men's winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. Lelisa ran in the Boston Athletic Association 10k after which he presented his 2013 winners medal as a gift to the city in tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in April. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Vice President Joe Biden, top left, speaks while campaigning with Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts open seat special election, second from right, as Markey's wife Susan Blumenthal, third from right, and Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., right, look on during a rally on the University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth, Mass., Saturday, June 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gomez greeted voters in western Massachusetts, stopping in Springfield, Chicopee and Agawam before attending an evening rally in Boston’s North End with former Boston Bruins coach and player Mike Milbury.

In Worcester, Gomez met with campaign workers and vowed to win the Senate contest despite polls showing him trailing Markey and recent high profile campaign rallies by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton.

Gomez said the voters he’s met with are ready for a change.

“Everywhere we go the enthusiasm is super-hot and I couldn’t be more fired up about where we are,” Gomez said. “I know our message is resonating throughout the whole state among all the electorate — Democrats, independents, Republicans.”

Markey carried much the same message as he spent the day stumping in Lynn, Lowell, Waltham and Worcester.

In a sweltering campaign office in Framingham, Markey was joined by the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy, Vicki Kennedy, who was one of the first Democrats to endorse Markey.

“I have never been prouder in my life to support someone than I am to support Ed Markey,” Kennedy said. “And the reason I’m for him is because I watched him work side by side with Ted Kennedy. I saw the difference they made working together.”

Markey also touched on his connections to Kennedy, who died in 2009 from brain cancer, saying that his proudest vote during his more than three decades in the U.S. House was his vote in 2010 for President Barack Obama’s health care bill — a cause that was close to Kennedy’s heart.

“The reason I believe that is that I worked all of those years with Ted Kennedy, all of those years with Vicki, trying to put in place a coalition that could fulfill Ted Kennedy’s dream,” Markey said.

With the countdown to Election Day on, both campaigns focused on making sure their voters turn out at the polls.

Democratic Party leaders have vowed not to repeat what they see as their biggest failure in recent years — the election of Republican Scott Brown during the 2010 special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Kennedy’s death.

“This is what the first five months have been all about. To get ready for the final three days — to identify the vote and then to get it out on Election Day,” Markey said.

Gomez said he wasn’t daunted by the perceived Democratic organizing edge in a state where every other seat in the congressional delegation is held by Democrats.

He said his campaign is just as revved up.

“I’m confident that we’re going to be able to compete with them on a ground war game,” he said. “We’ve got people making phone calls, knocking on doors. I know that we’re reaching everyone out there.”

The get-out-the-vote drives come amid warnings from the state’s top election official that turnout could be very light given distractions like the start of summer vacation and the Bruins’ pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

The national parties are also keeping an eye on the Massachusetts contest as Republicans try to chip away at the Democrats’ hold on the Senate and Democrats seek to shore up their control of the chamber.

Gomez on Sunday dismissed a recent poll giving Markey a double-digit lead and said, if elected, he said he could work with Massachusetts’ other U.S. senator, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, and Obama.

The UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll last week found 56 percent of those responding favored Markey, compared with 36 percent supporting Gomez.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Gomez also hinted that even if he loses Tuesday, he might consider launching another campaign for the seat. Whoever wins Tuesday’s contest will have to run for re-election next year.

“As a famous general once said back in World War II, ‘I shall return,’” Gomez said, in a reference to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

, when asked if he would consider another run.

Asked about the comment later Sunday, Gomez said he’s confident he is going to win on Tuesday.

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