(CNN) -Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick – a former member of the Clinton administration and key supporter of President Barack Obama - finds himself in a statistical dead heat with his GOP challenger a little more than a month before Election Day.
According to the new survey conducted for the Boston Globe by the University of New Hampshire, Patrick leads Republican businessman Charles Baker by a statistically insignificant 1-point margin, 35-34 percent. Independent candidate Timothy Cahill, the current state treasurer and a former Democrat, is drawing 11 percent while Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein is at 4 percent. Fourteen percent said they are undecided.
The latest survey shows a drop for Patrick, who in a Boston Globe poll earlier this summer led Baker by a 38-31 percent margin.
Adding to Patrick's troubles is the fact momentum is clearly on the GOP side: 78 percent of Republican voters say they are excited about the race while only 37 percent of Democrats say the same.
The poll surveyed 522 Massachusetts adults between September 17-22. The sampling error for the telephone survey is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
The survey comes five days after tempers raged at a Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Tuesday, hosted by CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.