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Tuesday Morning Roundup

Following a forum for the Democratic candidates Monday night and two consecutive debates beginning Tuesday night, the campaigns for the U.S. Senate seat are harnessing all the momentum they can as the sprint to the Senate reaches its final stretch.

Race To The Finish Line

With one week until the Democratic primary, Alan Khazei says he can still win the race despite the most recent poll results showing him trailing his three Democratic opponents. In an interview with WBUR's Bob Oakes, Khazei called his candidacy "the classic dark-horse campaign that is surging at the right time."

Rep. Michael Capuano also believes he can still pull ahead of Attorney General Martha Coakley to clinch the party's nomination. He told Oakes that his experience  in Washington will continue to draw support from the 75 percent of  voters who reportedly remain undecided.

What's a Whopper Got To Do With Politics?

Throughout his campaign, Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca has stood in favor of health care reform and raising the federal minimum wage. But the Globe's Frank Phillips questions whether the candidate deserves to wear a golden crown for his support of those issues.

During the candidate's seven-year stint on Burger King's board of directors, Phillips reports, the company's drive to build profits and expand operations "included a push in Washington against raising the federal minimum wage and against forcing companies to provide health insurance for their workers" — the causes Pagliuca now supports.

Another Endorsement

Globe politics reporter Foon Rhee posted on Political Intelligence on Tuesday morning that Rep. Edward J. Markey will officially endorse Capuano later in the day.

Afghanistan

The night before President Obama is expected to announce his plan to send 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan, none of the Democratic candidates said they would support sending more troops. As the Herald's Hillary Chabot reports, the candidates "skewered" and "slammed" the president's plan in Monday's forum.

Pagliuca was the only candidate who stopped short of definitively opposing the troop buildup, saying he would comment after the president lays out the details.

Instead Of Watching Susan Boyle ...

...thousands of people watched Monday night's Democratic forum on the Internet. The Herald's Jessica Heslam notes how the Web has changed the way people learn about candidates and how it impacts modern political coverage.

This program aired on December 1, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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