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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (left) and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd during a campaign appearance for the governor at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven on 10/30/2014. (Arnold Gold / New Haven Register)

NEW HAVEN — First Lady Michelle Obama made an emotional pitch to a fired up crowd at Wilbur Cross High School about why they have to get out and vote Tuesday for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

—Read the first lady’s complete remarks here

“You know who your governor fights for? He fights for you. He fights for your families … If he has achieved so much in four years, just imagine what this man can do if you gave him another four years,” Obama told the cheering crowd of 2,410 people, split between the gymnasium and an overflow room.

The first lady talked for more than 20 minutes in a Democratic rally that featured both U.S. senators from Connecticut, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, with many Hartford officials and legislators in the audience.

It was arranged to make sure as many people as possible get to the polls Tuesday in a race that is in a dead heat between Malloy and his Republican opponent, Tom Foley, a repeat of the 2010 contest between the two men.

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