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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Daniel Winslow talks to media after a debate sponsored by WBZ-TV and The Boston Globe, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Boston. Whoever attracts the most votes will face the winner of the Democratic primary pitting Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch against each other. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Daniel Winslow talks to media after a debate sponsored by WBZ-TV and The Boston Globe, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Boston. Whoever attracts the most votes will face the winner of the Democratic primary pitting Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch against each other. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)

With the primary election less than 24 hours away, the 5 Massachusetts candidates for U.S. Senate are giving their final push on the campaign trail today. A recent bellwether poll out of Suffolk University's Political Research Center shows Congressman Ed Markey with a significant lead over his Democratic rival, Congressman Stephen Lynch. The Republican race has tightened dramatically as well, with Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez neck-and-neck with former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan. So how will these final hours of the race play out?

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Fred Thys, WBUR political reporter.

Susan Tracy, former Democratic state representative and current president of The Strategy Group.

Rob Gray, Republican analyst and founder/president of Gray Media.

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WBUR, "On the last weekend of a campaign, you can sometimes sense the relative energy that each candidate generates. You might attend a big event everyone feels obliged to attend, but where there is no enthusiasm. Or you might show up expecting a few people at a coffee shop and find a crowd overflowing into the street. This wasn’t that kind of a weekend."

Suffolk University, "Despite recent polling showing this race close and perceptions that the momentum has moved to Lynch following the last two debates, these findings point out the opposite – that Ed Markey has a distinct advantage as the primary approaches."

This segment aired on April 29, 2013.

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