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National Republicans Send Staff to Massachusetts #MASEN

Newspaper article Roll Call

National Republicans Send Staff to Massachusetts #MASEN

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National Republicans have dispatched staff to Massachusetts to assist with the Senate special election that has become tantalizingly close.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has committed at least four staffers to help nominee Gabriel Gomez in the final weeks of the June 25 contest. The moves come amid fresh polling that showed Gomez running just behind Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey in this solidly Democratic state.

Money remains a major hurdle for Gomez to overcome against the well-funded Markey. So the NRSC sent two fundraisers to help Gomez open some financial doors. Sarah Morgan, a regional political director, arrived Wednesday to organize volunteer efforts over the next few weeks. And Kevin McLaughlin, a senior adviser, is in Boston to assist with communications and general strategy.

The NRSC donated $45,400 -- the maximum allowable contribution from a national party to a Senate candidate -- to the Gomez campaign on April 30, the day he won the GOP primary. But a spokesman would not comment on whether any more funding would be headed Gomez's way.

"Announcing our strategy to win in Massachusetts is a recipe for defeat, so we'll leave punditry to the pundits," NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring said. "Massachusetts is always an uphill climb, but Gomez is a refreshing candidate who is winning over independents looking for something new in Washington. Navy SEALS can climb mountains and Gomez has a legitimate chance to win the race."

Polls conducted by firms from both parties in the past two weeks showed Markey ahead by margins ranging from 3 to 7 points.That has yet to entice outside groups from either party to begin any substantial advertising campaigns. However, the Springfield Republican reported Thursday that NextGen Committee, a super PAC, is planning to support Markey through a number of platforms. Given the close margins, more help could be on the way for the four-week sprint following Memorial Day.

(Read Roll Call Contributing Writer Stuart Rothenberg's most recent take on Massachusetts Senate race polling: In Massachusetts Senate PPP Poll, Read the Numbers -- Not the Memo). …

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