Poll shows Gomez in striking distance of Markey

U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey shakes hands with a supporter in Boston, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election. Markey and Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez won their party primaries Tuesday, setting up a race between a 36-year veteran of Washington politics and a political newcomer for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Rep. Ed Markey (AP photo/ Elise Amendola)

Massachusetts Rep.  Ed Markey (D) faces  Gabriel Gomez (R) for John Kerry's vacated U.S. Senate seat. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A new poll from Suffolk University suggests that we could have another close special election for a Senate seat in Massachusetts on our hands.

Two weeks before the election for the seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey leads Republican Gabriel Gomez among likely voters by seven points, 48 to 41 percent.

That's a significant shift from a month ago, when Suffolk had Markey leading Gomez 50 to 35 percent.

“Ed Markey continues to lead, but the margin has dwindled,” said pollster David Paleologos. A likely cause, he says, are concerns about Obama administration scandals.

There has been little independent polling in this race; a recent Republican survey had Gomez and Markey tied.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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