Outside the Hibernian Hall polling place in Watertown, Dennis Duff held a campaign sign for Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly.
'My wife gets up at quarter to four," said Duff, who lives in Watertown. "I usually stay in bed, but today I got up for Tom."
Awaiting the candidate's arrival, a line of 33 Reilly supporters stretched from the street deep into the parking lot, but it was the two Deval Patrick supporters holding placards who stood out.
"This is Reilly's polling place, so I figured they'd have us by a couple," said Patrick supporter Mike Coglianese, a Watertown resident.
When Reilly's black car pulled to the curb on Watertown Street and he emerged with his wife, the volunteers chanted, "Reilly, Reilly," thumping their signs to the beat.
"Get out of the way," a television camera man yelled at one volunteer, who stepped in front to shoot his own photo.
Reilly shook hands and kissed cheeks along the line, then disappeared into the hall. He voted in the first booth; a whirr of cameras at the door recorded the moment.
Back outside, he took a moment and spoke into a cluster of microphones.
"Guess who I voted for?" Reilly quipped. "I feel great."
As for recent polls favoring Patrick, Reilly said, "Polls don't matter now," and added, "We're going to surprise some people."
He sounded a few campaign themes and then it was time to go -- except that he couldn't find his wife.
"They've gone in to vote again," one volunteer offered.
Reilly smiled and asked, "Can I go around again?"
His wife retrieved, Reilly saluted the crowd with a final raised thumb, slipped into his car, and his driver whisked him away.