Brown tells Examiner he's trying not to watch the polls 

BOSTON -- Republican Senate Candidate Scott Brown reacted cautiously Friday morning in response to a new Suffolk University poll showing him with a four-point lead over his once-favored Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley.

"I'm up in some polls, down in some polls," he told The Examiner. "The machine is working hard against me and with all these negative ads out there, anything can happen."

Brown walked the streets of Boston's North End Friday morning with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The two visited coffee shops and Italian restaurants, shaking hands with well wishers along the way.

Giuliani told The Examiner that despite the large Democratic base in the state, he believes Brown will win Tuesday's special election to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy.

"People in Massachusetts are more independent-minded than the country gives them credit for," Giuliani said, adding that residents in the Bay State are worried about taxes, terrorism and the $1 trillion cost of the Democratic health care plan.

"When people here get upset about something, they know how to speak out and they are upset right now," Giuliani said.

Not everyone on Hanover street was there to cheer on Brown.

A man walking with a group of school children who Brown and Giuliani stopped to greet outside Nick Varanos Famous Deli shouted, "These guys aren't interested in public schools, they just want a photo op." He told the children, who were shaking hands with the candidate and the former mayor, to "get out the hand sanitizer."

Brown, who like Coakley will spend the next few days intensely campaigning, says he is not thinking about an upset.

"I'm just going to keep working hard until January 19th and see what happens," he said.


Candidate Scott Brown and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaign in Boston. (Susan Ferrechio)

Candidate Scott Brown attracts crowds on a campaign swing through Boston's North End. (Susan Ferrechio)

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