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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Upbeat Appeals End a Season of Anger and Attack

By Mark Pazniokas and Grace Merritt

www.ctmirror.org

Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy put a final gloss on Connecticut’s rawest, most expensive campaign today, making a last tour of the state before voters go to polls Tuesday to choose a new U.S. senator for the second time since 2010.

Murphy, 39, the three-term Democratic congressman whose campaign once seemed in free fall, appeared energized by a string of favorable polls and the company of a sports legend, Jim Calhoun, at a get-out-the-vote rally in Hartford.

Calhoun, the recently retired UConn basketball coach, stood with Murphy at Union Station in Hartford for a rally kicked off by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who shouted to the crowd, “We’re going to bring this baby home.”

McMahon, 64, a Republican who has invested nearly $100 million into two successive Senate races, reinforced themes of the past year, networking one last time with women in Glastonbury and small-business owners in Southington.

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