BOSTON (CBS) – With only a few days left until Election Day, Gov. Deval Patrick and GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker hit the ground running on Sunday, trying to sway undecided voters in what has become a very close race.
SEVERAL CAMPAIGN STOPS FOR PATRICK
Governor Patrick started his day with uplifting stops at two church services, first the Bethel AME Church in Boston and then the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Randolph.
From there he began his bus tour with stops in Medford, Everett, and Burlington.
He ends his day handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at his home in Milton.
The governor pumped up his supporters at campaign offices, telling them, “I’m here to tell you as someone who has lived the American dream, it’s worth fighting for. Let’s get out there and do it.”
The governor was joined by Gold Star mother Denise Anderson of Mansfield. Anderson’s son Corey Shea was killed in Iraq two years ago, and Patrick helped her work to pass a law to allow parents of fallen veterans to be buried next to their children in military cemeteries.
Today, Anderson told reporters she is honored to campaign for Patrick. “He was there to support myself and my family and through the passing of my son’s bill, so that’s why I’m here supporting him. It’s important we keep a man like that in office today. Very caring guy, a down to earth person.”
The Governor also stopped at several restaurants with a focus on getting face-to-face contact with undecided voters.
BAKER USES HALLOWEEN TO SEND MESSAGE
The Baker campaign dispatched some supporters dressed in M&M costumes to Patrick events. “Governor Patrick thinks Halloween is a trick,” said Baker at a rally in Chelmsford. “He believes we should raise $50 million by taxing candy and you can bet your bottom nickel that if he gets re-elected, he will propose taxing candy again.”
The message is in reference former budget proposals by Patrick that never passed.
Patrick called the attack is misleading and said he has no plans to raise taxes. “(The Baker) campaign is about gimmick tactics, scaring people, ours is about a vision for the future and a record of accomplishment and we want to keep that going.”
Baker said that isn’t the same as a promise. “If he doesn’t want to raise taxes, all he has to do is say he won’t raise taxes but he won’t say it, I will, I’m going to reform and change state government.”
SCHILLING RALLIES FOR BAKER
Baker held rallies in Chelmsford, Haverhill, and Beverly with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
“It’s absolutely about changing the players,” said Schilling. ”I think we can all agree the last couple years and it hasn’t worked and these are the people who can get us to a better place.”
Baker continued to hammer home his focus on jobs, taxes, and spending, but acknowledged the fight in a tight race. “This one’s gonna be a nail biter,” he told a crowd of supporters in Haverhill. “Generate the vote get people out on Election Day.”
The Republican candidate ended his speeches on a confident note saying “when we win on Tuesday, believe me, come January, Beacon Hill will never be the same.”
On Monday, Baker will make calls from his regional offices and hold a rally in his hometown of Swampscott.
WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez and Karen Anderson and WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe and Doug Cope contributed to this report.