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Poll: Markey builds strong lead over Gomez in Mass. Senate race


Rep. Edward Markey, the Democratic nominee for the open Senate seat in Massachusetts, is leading his Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez with a strong double-digit margin in a new poll.

Markey takes 52 percent support to Gomez's 35 percent support in the Suffolk University/7 News poll, with 11 percent of respondents undecided.

The new poll is considerably more favorable for Markey than the last survey of the general election landscape, which showed him up over Gomez by only four percentage points.

That survey, by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling came as a surprise to many Democrats, as Markey is considered the frontrunner in blue-leaning Massachusetts, where Obama won with more than 60 percent of the vote in 2012. But Gomez was buoyed by strong support among independents in that poll, who are more evenly split in the Suffolk University poll, breaking 43-41 percent in favor of Gomez.

Markey is significantly more popular than Gomez, however, with 53 percent of respondents viewing him favorably to 30 percent who view him negatively.

Thirty-eight percent view Gomez favorably, while 23 percent view him unfavorably. The nearly one-third of respondents who say they're still undecided about Gomez indicates both candidates still have an opening to define the Republican in the early weeks of the general election campaign.

One way Markey is attempting to do so is by hammering Gomez for his refusal to sign a pledge to keep outside money out of the race, and this new poll indicates that might be a winning argument in the eyes of Massachusetts voters.

Seventy-one percent said the "People's Pledge," as it's known in Massachusetts, is a very or somewhat important campaign issue. The pledge may resonate even with voters in Gomez's base, and the coveted unenrolled bloc of Massachusetts voters: A plurality of Republicans, and a majority of independent and Democratic voters, believe it's an important issue.

The survey was conducted among 500 likely voters from May 4-7 and has a margin of error of 4-percentage points.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 605/09/2013

This one isn't going to be like South Carolina, is it, 2013 Poll Troll?

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 105/09/2013


South Carolina votes 15 points redder than the nation in presidential elections. Only one of its seven congressional districts -- the one served by Jim Clyburn -- is in the Democratic column.

Answer to your question is "No."

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 205/09/2013

Unlikely, R1.

It's always theoretically possible that there could be a repeat of 2010 where Scott Brown pulled an upset on Martha Coakely, but unlike in South Carolina, the GOP goes into this race as the underdog.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 305/09/2013

Markey is NOT Martha Coakley. He's actually campaigning.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 405/09/2013

Massachusetts whites hate brown people without ivy league credentials - this is news?

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 505/09/2013

True, R4. That's why I answered above that it's unlikely the Republicans can pull an upset this time like Brown did in 2010.

by 2013 Poll Trollreply 605/09/2013
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