Poll Has Gomez Nipping At Markey’s Heels

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, leads his Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez by a slim margin in a new poll.

Public Policy Polling, which conducts surveys for left-leaning organizations, found 44 percent of voters favoring Markey and 40 percent backing Gomez, a former U.S. Navy SEAL.

Gabriel Gomez, left, and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (WBUR file photos)

Gabriel Gomez, left, and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (WBUR file photos)

The relatively thin margin could encourage conservative donors from around the country to invest in the race.

The survey shows Gomez making a strong showing among independent voters — leading Markey 42 to 24 percent. He also has the support of 21 percent of Democrats.

Those figures suggest that some who backed U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in his Democratic primary tilt with the more liberal Markey may not be ready to back the party’s nominee.

But if Gomez is making inroads among the voters he needs to win to pull off an upset in deep-blue Massachusetts, he’s not quite there yet.

PPP cautions that Republican Scott Brown had a wider margin among independents when he upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a special U.S. Senate election in 2010, winning those voters 64 to 32 percent in the firm’s final poll.

Markey, moreover, faces a more favorable political climate than Coakley did in 2010. Just 44 percent of Massachusetts voters had a favorable view of President Obama back then, with 43 percent holding an unfavorable view. The split, in the new PPP poll, is 53-41.

The automated poll of 1,539 likely voters, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    lol “deep blue” thats funny because the majority party in MA is independants

    • MarmotHappyFunTime

      No, we just have a very wide swath of conservative voters in MA. We’re heavily democratic leaning. North Central Massachusetts and some of the South Shore could easliy be confused with parts of the south, heck there’s a towing company in Athol that proudly sports large Confederate flags on all their company vehicles, which are somehow allowed in the parades, despite the fact that it’s a vehemently racist statement in the north.

      • Fareed Ansari

        The North has the right to fly the surrendered Confederate flag, that it won at high price, in honor to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

        • window00

          Super. Go fly the surrendered Confederate flags around Massachusetts. I’m sure people will flock to you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

        sorry i was going by statistics not by flags on a tow truck. there are tow trucks on parade somewhere? parades are a form of speech if it upsets you so you could go protest them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.lucchesi.10 Alex Lucchesi

    How will is Gomez going to do by continuing to refuse to take the People’s Pledge. He obviously want to take advantage of the Super PAC money. That doesn’t fly in MA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      ROFL in case you have not noticed whoever spends the most money in a political race always wins

  • tomr1045

    Markey’s just what this country DOESN’T need in the Senate. An OLD, RADICAL has been. Get outta the way way of progress Markey!

  • Fareed Ansari

    Gomez is Scott Brown all over again. Rent a congressman.

    • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

      i did not think it was possible but this guy seems even more pompous

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    “nipping at his heels” sounds like a what a tiny dog would do, like for example a chiwawa but i am sure thats just a coincidence right?

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