In September of 2011, Linda McMahon came to Coil Pro Machinery Inc. in Southington to kick off her 2012 bid for U.S. Senate.
On Monday, with the long campaign drawing to a close, McMahon returned to Coil Pro and made a final pitch for votes. Her stop in Southington was part of a busy day of campaigning that began before dawn in Groton and also included stops in Glastonbury, Cromwell, East Lyme, Waterbury, Fairfield and Norwalk.
“It’s been an incredible year for me,” the Republican from Greenwich told about 70 supporters on the factory floor. “Now it’s about getting people out to the polls.”
McMahon was introduced by state Sen. Joe Markley of Southington, one of her most steadfast supporters. “We’ve…had the great good fortune to have a lady come forward who’s willing to represent us in Washington, who’s been willing to give up her time and her means and her effort and her life’s blood on our behalf,” he said.
At one of her campaign stops over the past few days, McMahon was asked how she intends to win. “I said, get ‘more votes than the other guy,’” she said.
McMahon said she is proud of her campaign’s get-out-the-vote operation and expressed cautious optimism about the results.
During a brief interview after her speech to supporters, McMahon was asked about her controversial strategy targeting Democratic voters who intend to support President Obama.
She has run a TV ad featuring Obama supporters who intend to vote for her as well as campaign literature encouraging people to vote for Obama and McMahon.
“In many of our cities, people said ‘I’d like to vote for you but I have to vote for President Obama,”’ McMahon said. Some of those voters were under the mistaken impression that they could not split their ballot, casting a vote for a Democratic presidential candidate and a Republican senatorial candidate.