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Poll: Patrick Losing Ground In Governor's Race

A new poll shows Gov. Deval Patrick to be slowly losing ground in his race for re-election.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows 38 percent of likely voters support the governor, leaving him just six points ahead of Republican challenger Charles Baker. In May, Patrick's lead stood at 14 points.

That could mean a renewed push for legislation on Beacon Hill, according to Jeffrey Berry, a political science professor at Tufts University.

"So I think that means they're going to redouble the push on casinos, because they see that as momentum demonstrating that Deval Patrick can get things done," Berry said.

Baker's own numbers have held almost steady. The poll showed him with support of 32 percent of likely voters, up a tick from 31 points in May.

The independent candidate, state Treasurer Tim Cahill has seen his support pick up three points since May, and is now at 17.

The only number to go up significantly was the the number of undecideds.

This program aired on July 27, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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