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Poll: Gov. Patrick Increases Re-Election Cushion

A new poll shows Gov. Deval Patrick surging ahead of his main two rivals in his race for re-election.

Out Wednesday, the Rasmussen poll finds 45 percent of likely Massachusetts voters would support the governor if the election were held today. That is a 10-point jump from the organization's previous survey, conducted last month.

Republican candidate for governor Charles Baker is in second place, with 31 percent, and independent candidate Timothy Cahill is in third, at 14 percent. Ten percent remain undecided.

The Republican Governors Association has been battering Cahill with negative radio and television ads in an attempt to knock him out and set up Baker as the main alternative to Patrick. It's not yet clear whether those ads have had a big effect yet.

The telephone survey of 500 likely voters has a margin of sampling error of 4.5 percentage points.

This program aired on May 12, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Twitter Reporter
Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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