Poll: Massachusetts Senate race tightens
posted at 3:16 pm on June 11, 2013 by Guy Benson
The headline is the good news. Markey’s support has taken a hit among women and independents. After all, it’s tough to be especially impressed with this man. The bad news? Gomez is still down by seven points:
Representative Edward J. Markey’s lead over Gabriel Gomez, a Republican businessman and former member of the Navy SEALs, in the special Senate election in Massachusetts has slipped by 10 percentage points since May, according to a new poll, which suggests that Mr. Markey has lost support among women and independents. The poll, by Suffolk University, shows Mr. Markey with 48 percent support and Mr. Gomez with 41 percent among likely voters – a difference within the poll’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The same poll in May showed Mr. Markey ahead by 17 percentage points.
The best element of this poll from Team Gomez’s perspective is that Markey has dropped below the 50 percent mark. The Republican’s campaign is playing up the fact that at his stage in 2010’s Brown/Coakley race, the upstart Republican trailed by nine points. Another polling firm released a statewide survey over the weekend showing Gomez pulling into a dead heat with Markey. Grains of salt: (1) The virtual tie comes from a GOP-aligned pollster, and (2) it’s still Massachusetts.