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Why it's John McCain, maverick, stumping for Gomez in Massachusetts

In the Massachusetts Senate race, underdog Gabriel Gomez enlisted the help Monday of GOP maverick-in-chief John McCain. There's a reason he called on McCain and not, say, Newt Gingrich.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, campaigns with Massachusetts Republican candidate for US Senate Gabriel Gomez, center, at the Boston Police VFW Post in Boston, Monday, May 20, 2013.

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At a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez Monday morning, Sen. John McCain didn’t mince his words.

“Let’s have a little straight talk: This is a tough fight,” he told the crowd gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. “We are the underdog.”

In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 and Mr. Gomez’s opponent – 18-term Congressman Ed Markeyleads comfortably in early polls, that may be an understatement. Then again, Senator McCain is no stranger to tough campaigns, or to the kind of party-straddling political identity it takes to woo independents in a deep blue state like Massachusetts.

 
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