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Poll: Massachusetts Senate race tightens

posted at 3:16 pm on June 11, 2013 by

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.

 

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Cautiously optimistic.

Cautiously.

JimLennon on June 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Alas, both candidates appear to support a path to citizenship for ILLEGAL aliens.

It is time to bring illegal immigrants or undocumented workers out of the shadows, and offer an opportunity to obtain legal status, even citizenship, if they are willing to pursue it.
http://www.gomezforma.com/issues/

Ed backs President Obama’s goals for improving our immigration system.

He’ll fight in the Senate to pass comprehensive immigration reform that encourages individuals who were educated here to innovate here, cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers, lays out a path to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants who are already here and allows the DREAM Act’s “dreamers” – those individuals who were brought here at a young age – to earn citizenship by serving in the U.S. military or pursuing higher education.

http://www.edmarkey.com/issues/immigration/

Doesn’t anybody in Massachusetts believe in ENFORCING CURRENT LAWS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION?

wren on June 11, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Don’t get your hopes up. The Democratic regime here in MA already got caught napping once with Scott Brown. I doubt that will happen again soon.

In any case, Gomez is to the left of Scott Brown. SoCon issues are a big negative here.

cool breeze on June 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Make the libs spend money defending an easy seat. That’s less money they’ll have to spend in 2014.

Iblis on June 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

With no one drawing above 50% and the undecided likely to stay home on a special election, turn out your vote efforts may rule the day.

KW64 on June 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Maybe nobody has noticed but in the last election the Democrats won on every single thing they wanted.
Quite the coincidence.
Even Allen West and Mia Love got smoked.
Scott Brown got beat by a horrible woman. A known fraud and a liar who claimed to be an Indian and her proof was her Grandma told her… so there.
Even that jerk Alan Grayson came back to Congress.

All I am trying to say lately is Democrats seem to have their pencil on the scale if you know what I mean.
Poll workers can openly brag about voting six time without fear.
Gomez is toast unless he is up by ten points and even then I would still worry.

NeoKong on June 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

ZachV on June 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Most potted plants could beat Republicans in Massachusetts.

Just look at Elizabeth Warren and… well, Ed Markey. Perfect description.

Martha Coakley aspires to potted plant level.

Red Cloud on June 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Don’t get your hopes up. The Democratic regime here in MA already got caught napping once with Scott Brown. I doubt that will happen again soon.

In any case, Gomez is to the left of Scott Brown. SoCon issues are a big negative here.

cool breeze on June 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Doesn’t matter right now. A Gomez win would be a huge upset considering D’s are taking these things very seriously after Brown. Who knows, it might scare enough people out of amnesty.

crrr6 on June 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Martha Coakley aspires to potted plant level.

I will always say the thing that lost it for her was when somebody on her staff literally assaulted someone on the street.(Even for Mass that was too much.) So pretty much if Markey can manage to not assault anyone he’ll win.

Dave_d on June 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Why can’t Massachusetts pick a guy from the center over a hard-left ideologue?

It’s a great double standard. Blue states elect people who are barely right of communists and socialists, while red states often elect middle-of-the-road conservatives whom you’d like as your neighbor. Yet the conservatives are characterized as the rabid ideologues.

The GOP needs to start using a football field analogy for every race. Mark out where the GOP candidate falls on the 50-yard-line to the right’s goal line, while the Dem candidate falls on the 50-yard-line to the left’s goal line. I’d submit that more Dems running for office can be found between the 5-yard-line and the 30-yard-line on the left (Obama campaigned on the 10-yard-line), while most GOP candidates running for office can be found between the 25-yard-line and 50-yard-line on the right.

Please tell me who’s more radical.

BuckeyeSam on June 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I will always say the thing that lost it for her was when somebody on her staff literally assaulted someone on the street.(Even for Mass that was too much.) So pretty much if Markey can manage to not assault anyone he’ll win.

Dave_d on June 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

“You seem to have fallen down, can I help you?”…..

When oh when will someone kick the offender in the balls after one of these “accidents”?

roy_batty on June 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM