Senate race grows intense; less than 2 weeks remaining

With the Tuesday April 13 special senate election looming, Everett City Councilor Sal DiDomenico and Cambridge Attorney Tim Flaherty are locked in a heated race where both candidates are tending to throw all their resources into a final battle ending when the last vote has been cast on primary day.

DiDomenico and Flaherty are predicting victory.

They are both certain of it.

Nearly all political observers agree – the campaigns of DiDomenico and Flaherty far outdo all the others that are running and that a plethora of advertising and personal campaigning by the candidates has raised the visibility and heightened name recognition for both of them.

Chelsea is expected to be a crucial battleground in this special election. Despite the candidacy of Chelsea’s Michael Albano, Flaherty and DiDomenico are showing strength in polling locally.

DiDomenico insists that Everett is his, that he will score a substantial victory here that might run as high as 70%.

“That figure is definitely attainable,” he said. “ If you look at the numbers throughout the senatorial district, this is an Everett seat.”

Flaherty remains confident that when everything is said and done, he will be elected senator.

“Our campaign organization is working hard and smart. It is working around the clock. It is a dedicated group of hundreds throughout the district who are not willing to give anything away, least of all, Chelsea and Everett,” he said. “We have many, many friends in Everett and their votes will make a big difference,” he added.

“We may not win Everett but we’re going to get a solid vote here. We’re sure of it,” he added. “A solid vote here added to other victories we will score throughout the district will assure our victory,” Flaherty said.

With mailings, door to door campaigning, canvassing of neighborhoods and literature drops, DiDomenico and Flaherty have been literally and physically covering the district.

Both campaigns believe their behind the scenes political due diligence, such as identifying voters and engaging them to vote on election day, will be the difference.

“It is just a matter of getting out the vote on election day and to get out every vote we have identified. We have identified more than enough voters to win,” DiDomenico said.

Flaherty’s campaign has also been identifying votes and concentrating on developing the apparatus to get it out on election day.

“We certainly know where our vote is going to come from. This senate seat isn’t anyone’s to own. It is a seat to be earned and I expect to do just that,” he said.

DiDomenico’s organization feels he is doing very well in Revere, Saugus, Somerville and of course, in Everett. They also believe DiDomenico has a real opportunity to come away with a win in Charlestown and Allston-Brighton.

Flaherty’s campaign advisors believe he is ahead in Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, Chelsea, Charlestown and that he will do well in Revere and Saugus.

Polling last week revealed that Flaherty is ahead in Charlestown and Chelsea and that the distance between Flaherty and DiDomenico in other places is fractional.

“I’m feeling confident. I’m confident in my organization and I know that we’re going to have a win on election day. No one can match the number of volunteers we have on the ground,” said DiDomenico.

Flaherty mirrored those remarks.

“We’re working hard. We feel very confident. We’re doing everything that must be done and then some. I’m looking forward to election day,” said Flaherty.

“I’m excited,” said Flaherty.

DiDomenico said Everett was ready for him.

“I will be this city’s first senator in 30 years,” he said.

When asked about that, Flaherty replied: “That remains to be seen.”

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