The Washington Post

Poll shows Markey pulling away in Massachusetts

Rep. Ed Markey (D) has opened up a big lead going into Tuesday's Massachusetts special Senate election, according to a new poll.

The UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows Markey with a 20-point lead on Republican Gabriel Gomez. He leads 56 percent to 36 percent.

For much of the race, Markey has held a single-digit lead, according to most polls.

A Boston Globe poll last week showed Markey opening a double-digit lead, as did a poll from GOP automated pollster Harper Polling. Polls from Gomez's campaign and another GOP pollster showed it remained a competitive race.

But this is the first time a poll has suggested the race is essentially over.

The UMass-Lowell poll also shows Markey's supporters are more committed, with 76 percent of them saying their choice is firm, compared to 67 percent of Gomez voters.

Update 11:22 a.m.: A new Emerson College poll shows Markey up double digits, but with a smaller lead. It's got Markey at 51 percent and Gomez at 41 percent.

Meanwhile, The Fix's Sean Sullivan has a good write-up on the role Scott Brown has (or rather, hasn't) played in the race.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Aaron Blake · June 21, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.