BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The candidates for Massachusetts' open U.S. Senate seat are getting some big-name help a few days before Tuesday's special election.

Polls show an intensely close race between state Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and her Republican challenger, state Sen. Scott Brown, who was once down double-digit percentage points but now leads in some polls.

Should Brown win, it would give Republicans a 41st Senator, which could spell doom for the health care package. During a debate Monday night, Brown said he would gladly vote against it.

The two, and Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, are seeking to replace the late Ted Kennedy.

A Washington Post report says former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani campaigned for Brown Friday in Boston under a statue of Paul Revere.

"We're right here in the shadow of Paul Revere, who warned about danger, and woke up the people of Massachusetts and New England in a much earlier time in our history," Giuliani said, according to the report. "And we need Scott to wake us up about some of the mistakes that we're making.

"This election, I believe, will send a signal, and a very dramatic one that we are going in the wrong direction on terrorism."

The same report also cites a source that says President Barack Obama will travel to Massachusetts Sunday to campaign for Coakley, the state's attorney general since 2007.

Obama has also recorded a message for robo-calls on behalf of Coakley.

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