Baker Tied For Lead With Patrick In New Poll

The latest poll on the Massachusetts governor's race shows Republican Charles Baker and incumbent Democrat Gov. Deval Patrick in a statistical tie for first place.

Until Sunday, polls showed Patrick maintaining a small lead over Baker.

The poll released Sunday was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for The Boston Globe.  Among likely voters, Patrick has 35 percent support and Baker has 34 percent.  The difference is well within the poll's margin of error.

The survey suggests the independent candidate, Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, is pulling voters equally from Baker and Patrick, but is still only gathering 11 percent of likely voters.

Andrew Smith, the director of the Survey Center, said 78 percent of Republicans described themselves as enthusiastic about this race, but only 37 percent of Democrats expressed enthusiasm.

"Republicans...are ready to go.   There's anger and enthusiasm on their side."

Conversely, Smith said, "Democrats are somewhat depressed about the race."

This program aired on September 26, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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