Jordan-Funded Survey Shows Mass. Senate Race a Dead Heat

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 10:41 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez has fought his way to a statistical dead heat with Democratic Rep. Ed Markey in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, according to a new survey released on Friday by McLaughlin & Associates.

“With less than three weeks to go to Election Day, Gabriel Gomez has the momentum in the race, according to McLaughlin & Associates , which polled 400 likely voters on June 4-5 by telephone. “Gomez's high favorable ratings will be a strong asset over Markey's high unfavorable ratings in this neck-and-neck race.”

The survey shows Gomez “has stolen the momentum in the special election to be held on June 25, with Gomez receiving 44.3 percent support compared to 45.3 percent for Markey. Another 10.5 percent of voters remain undecided, according to McLaughlin & Associates.

Gomez had trailed Markey in at least two polls last month.

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The pair won their parties' nominations in April 30 primaries leading up to the special election being held to fill the Senate seat that became available when President Barack Obama named John Kerry secretary of state.

Markey has spent more than three decades in the House of Representatives.

A Gomez victory could help Republicans retake a majority in the Senate, where they currently have 45 seats. There are 53 Democrats and two independents.

The race is Massachusetts' second off-cycle Senate election in three years; in 2010 voters opted for Republican Scott Brown, who had been a state senator, over Democratic state attorney general Martha Coakley to fill the seat that came open when Democrat Edward Kennedy died.

Brown was unseated by Democrat Elizabeth Warren last November.

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The McLaughlin poll, which was funded and organized by Republican donor and activist John Jordan, has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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