Nov 3, 2014 4:35 PM
Paul Steinhauser: Final campaigning ahead of Election Day
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD - In the final hours before Election Day, both Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown were making their final pitches.
The Democratic senator and former three-term governor enjoyed a loud welcome from supporters in at a coffee shop just a few blocks from the state capitol building.
"Six more years, six more years, six more years," chanted the crowd.
Shaheen's stop in Concord was just one of many she was making on Monday.
"We've already been to Somersworth this morning. Then radio. We're on our way to Franklin, Laconia, Nashua, Manchester and Derry," Shaheen told her supporters.
In a playful moment, Shaheen called out, asking where her husband was.
"Billy, where'd you go? Everybody wants to see you."
Shaheen told NH1 how she was spending the final hours before the polls open.
"It's getting everybody who said that they were going to support me to the polls and hopefully we can persuade a few undecided voters. I met a woman at a baker in Somersworth this morning who said she wasn't registered to vote. We reminded her she could go to the polls tomorrow and vote. She's going to vote for me and said came back and said ‘I would like to hold a sign', so we're still trying to find those last who are undecided and convince them that they need to go vote."
The two final public opinion surveys before Election Day indicated the Senate contest was deadlocked.
According to an NH1 Poll by New England College, Brown was at 49% and Shaheen at 48% among likely voters. And a WMUR survey by the University of New Hampshire had the numbers reversed, with Shaheen at 49% and Brown at 48%. Both margins were well within the polls's sampling errors, meaning the race is a dead heat.
Big name helps out GOP candidates
Brown was also crisscrossing the state, aboard his election bus, on the day before the midterms.
"We're energized. we've made about 700 phone calls over the past few days just on the bus. was just making more phone calls and when we get them, we get them," Brown told reporters.
Brown was teaming up Monday with GOP gubernatorial challenger Walt Havenstein and Marilinda Garcia, the Republican nominee in the 2nd Congressional District. All three got a helping hand from one of the biggest names in the party, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
He joined the candidates at a top in New London, praising all of them, including Brown.
"Scott and I have known each other for a number of years and he has been an enormous influence in a positive way for politics in this country," said Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential contender.