Markey Has Huge Lead In New Massachusetts Senate Poll
With the Massachusetts Special Election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat headed into its final weekend, Congressman Ed Markey seems well-positioned for victory:
Rep. Ed Markey (D) has opened up a big lead going into Tuesday’s Massachusetts special Senate election, according to a new poll.
The UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows Markey with a 20-point lead on Republican Gabriel Gomez. He leads 56 percent to 36 percent.
For much of the race, Markey has held a single-digit lead, according to most polls.
A Boston Globe poll last week showed Markey opening a double-digit lead, as did a poll from GOP automated pollster Harper Polling. Polls from Gomez’s campaign and another GOP pollster showed it remained a competitive race.
But this is the first time a poll has suggested the race is essentially over.
Another poll, from Emerson College, shows Markey with a ten point lead [PDF].
The RealClearPolitics polling average, which includes the Boston Herald poll but not the Emerson College at the moment, puts Markey ahead by 11.4 points. Unless all of these polls are viewing the probable turnout next Tuesday incorrectly, it seems that Markey is going to win this thing quite easily.