(CNN) – Republican Sen. Scott Brown took the lead Thursday over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, according to a new survey in the state.
The Suffolk University/7News Poll showed the incumbent senator with 49% support among likely voters and Warren with 40%, slightly above the sampling error.
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Thursday's results showed Brown led Warren among independent voters, who make up 52% of registered voters, 60% to 28%.
Forty percent of voters said Warren, the former consumer advocate in the Obama administration, has the experience to serve as a senator, while 32% said she did not.
Voters were split when asked if they considered first term Sen. Brown a leader or a follower. Forty-three percent of voters categorized him as leader in the upper chamber, while 38% said he is a follower.
The new figures follow a poll earlier in the week that showed the two candidates neck-and-neck ahead of the November election, a consistent trend thus far in the race.
Warren, who is expected to win the Democratic primary, and Brown have fundraised extensively ahead of the 2012 election. Warren pulled in $5.7 million in the fourth quarter fundraising period, outpacing Brown's $3.2 million.
Suffolk University and 7News polled 600 Massachusetts registered voters between February 11 and February 15 with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.
- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.