BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The candidates in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate race made a last swing through the state Monday. Polls put the race in a dead heat.

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, on a nine-stop bus tour, went to his field office in Lowell, where he called voters to make a personal pitch for their support. Brown urged several dozen campaign volunteers to continue to work hard until the polls close Tuesday.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports on Scott Brown

In Wrentham, it was like a homecoming for Senator Brown, energizing supporters before polls open in the morning.  “Go to bed tomorrow night smiling,” Brown told the crowd, ordering them to “get to work” to make sure tomorrow night is a victory party.

He was sent to Washington two years ago in a special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat. With the electorate in Massachusetts only 11 percent Republican, Brown now needs the same independents and Democrats to turn out for him again.  “We’re going after every vote and if you think every Democratic voter is voting just for Democrats you’re sorely misktaken,” he said.

Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood with the sons of the late Sen. Kennedy — Ted Kennedy, Jr. and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports on Elizabeth Warren

“She’s a fighter, she perseveres, she has high integrity,” said Ted Kennedy Jr.

Patrick Kennedy said his father admired Warren’s tenacity.

Warren also invoked the late senator, saying “no one ever had to ask on what side Sen. Kennedy stood.”

Other stops for Warren on Monday included Framingham, Fall River and Worcester, before ending the night at the Truman Rally in Roxbury.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano and Jim Armstrong contributed to this report.

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