We've hit crunch time. With just a week to go until the special Senate election in Massachusetts, top Democratic Party leaders are descending on the state in an effort to help Martha Coakley pull out the win. And, both sides are raising and spending massive amounts of money in the final push to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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Massachusetts is getting a mini-stimulus this week, with capital flowing rapidly into the state's economy. Yesterday, of course, Republican Scott Brown conducted a money-bomb fundraiser, claiming to have brought in $1,303,302.50 in one day. Today, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee purchased $567,000 in ad time for the Boston and Springfield markets. Massachusetts Democrats have already spent $288,000 for a race that seemed like a lock just a few days ago.
Massachusetts should be an easy walk for the Democrats. But over the last couple of days, the polls have tightened. According to the latest Rassmusen poll, Brown has pulled to within two points of Coakley, within the margin of error of Â±3%. The Democrats have moved into crisis mode, deploying such heavy-weights as former President Bill Clinton and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Clinton will headline a rally for Coakley in Boston this Friday at 2 p.m. ET.