GOP Senate Candidates In Final Push For Nomination

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State Rep. Geoff Diehl, left, John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom are competing in the U.S. Senate Republican primary, for a chance to take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Winslow Townson/AP)
State Rep. Geoff Diehl, left, John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom are competing in the U.S. Senate Republican primary, for a chance to take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Winslow Townson/AP)

It's primary day in Massachusetts and one of the races to be decided Tuesday is who will win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November.

On Monday, the candidates campaigned across Massachusetts.

Beth Lindstrom walked the Marlborough Labor Day parade.

"We are getting great response everywhere we go. I think the momentum is with us, and I think people realize that I am the best chance to go up against Elizabeth Warren in the fall and I think people are realizing that from the last few days of the campaign when you get out that message," Lindstrom said.

Lindstrom, who owns a day spa in her home town of Groton, said her campaign has outworked its opponents.

"I'm a small business owner, and I've been involved in four startup companies, so I know what it's like to try to keep the costs of business low so that you can hire more people, because to me, the best social program is a job, and when you create jobs, a), you create dignity, but you create taxpayers, and you use that money to help those with critical services and those people who need that. That's the way I view the role of government," Lindstrom said.

Lindstrom said Warren is not focusing on Massachusetts.

"Well, she's off looking for the presidential run," Lindstrom said.

Warren told reporters at the labor breakfast in Boston that she takes nothing for granted.

"I am running for the United States Senate. We have 63 days until the general election. I am all in on that," Warren said.

After also taking part in the Marlborough parade, one of Lindstrom's rivals in Tuesday's primary, Geoff Diehl, visited his campaign headquarters in Braintree to thank volunteers making phone calls.

Diehl, a state representative from Whitman who co-chaired Donald Trump's Massachusetts campaign in 2016, said he feels good about the election.

"A lot of excitement out there as far as campaign workers, but also the Labor Day parade in Marlborough was fantastic, so I think a lot of people are excited about having a choice in November, someone who's going to work for Massachusetts versus Elizabeth Warren, and we're just thinking that we're the camp that's going to be that one," Diehl said.


In 2014, Diehl led the successful ballot initiative campaign to stop indexing the gasoline tax to inflation. He says thanks to that effort, he developed a grassroots network.

The third Republican candidate, John Kingston, had a late-day campaign event we were unable to attend.

Kingston has more money to spend in this campaign than the others, thanks mostly to a loan of more than $4.5 million he made to his campaign. That money has enabled him to run a lot of television ads.

No matter which Republican wins, Warren said she's ready for the challenge.

"I'm in this race all the way," Warren said. "I've already done 34 town halls. I've been all across the commonwealth multiple times, and I expect to continue to do that and I'll be out there talking to the people in the commonwealth about my record and what it is I'm fighting for."

Warren added that she will debate her Republican opponent, whoever that is.

This segment aired on September 4, 2018.


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