Poll: Massachusetts candidates tied in Senate race
May 23rd, 2012
11:15 PM ET
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Poll: Massachusetts candidates tied in Senate race

(CNN) – The Massachusetts race for a U.S. Senate seat remains deadlocked between Sen. Scott Brown, the incumbent Republican, and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a poll released Wednesday showed.

Brown had a one-point advantage over Warren, though the 48% and 47% they scored, respectively, is within the Suffolk University/7News poll’s sampling error of plus or minus four points.

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Recent polling in the state has showed a tight race, with Warren closing the gap since a February Suffolk poll, which showed her down by nine points, 49% to 40%.

The race has only become more heated since that and other early polls, with both candidates now on the air with television ads and a recent high-profile controversy over Warren's heritage.

Nearly seven out of ten likely voters, however, told the pollsters that the story is not "significant," while voters were split over whether Warren listing of herself as Native American in faculty directories, and possibly on other documents, impacted her career. Warren, who is a professor at Harvard University Law School but on leave this spring, said she highlighted her Cherokee roots to meet professionals of a similar background.

Brown has stressed his independence while Warren has pointed to her ties to President Barack Obama, who received a 62% favorability rating in the most recent Bay State survey. Warren helped set-up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the Obama administration.

The state's presidential vote last went for a Republican in 1984 when every state but one voted for former President Ronald Reagan's re-election.

Forty-seven percent of likely voters said they saw Brown as an independent and only one-in-ten said the first word that came to mind to describe him was "Republican." Brown won a 2010 special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant when longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy passed away in 2009.

Twenty-three percent of Warren supporters said their vote would be one against Brown, and 53% said there is a benefit to having one Republican and one Democrat in the state's delegation to the U.S. Senate. The state's senior senator is John Kerry, a Democrat.

With months left to go in the race and the candidates stuffing their campaign coffers, 42% of respondents said Brown is running a better campaign, while only 23% pointed to Warren. Although both have spent just under $5 million thus far, Warren has raised approximately $15 million, to Brown’s approximately $11 million, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission.

The survey included 600 telephone respondents interviewed between May 20 and 22.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace, Ashley Killough, and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. fleiter

    AMAZING. She commits fraud on a massive scale and the idiots in Mass. think it's OK.

    May 23, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. Roger Smith

    Let her lie. Leave her alone. Let her be. Democrats always lie. It should not be an issue. Never mind that she lied her way into preferences for her entire career. This does not reflect on her integrity or lack thereof. Of course not. She is a Democrat, after all.

    May 23, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. Jukin

    A liar and hypocrite is tied for a senate seat says far more about Massachusetts voters than Warren. I guess this is the seat that Teddy Kennedy had. Kennedy killed a girl he was cheating on his wife and that was somehow a resume enhancer for him in that state.

    May 24, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Colorado

    ohhh, then there is the little problem of the plagiarism.

    May 24, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  5. insight iowa

    Come on Massachusetts – Get Elizabeth Warren into the Senate... The United States needs her. Signed Republican voting straight Dem Ticket 2012.

    May 24, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. Robntex

    she lied about being Cherokee to advance herself, and it's not a big deal? It is to me.

    May 24, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Larry L

    It's a battle of the lap-dog for the fat-cats against the champion for the working people. It's up to the real people of Massachusetts to decide.

    May 24, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  8. firstpoppa

    Yep, it's as if hypocrisy is expected of Democrats. "Nothing to see here, move on!"

    May 24, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  9. getoverit

    Why would ANYONE vote for a Democrat?!

    May 24, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  10. J Mann

    Wonder why he isn't faring better. He's the incumbent and moderate as GOP folk go. Seems like he just got in, now he may be out. Too bad, he seems like one of the few decent GOP candidates left in America, not a birther, a religious nut, a racist hater or a super rich privileged family draft dodger guy.... well, we'll see. He may have to get back in his pickup truck and do what he did to get elected...connect with the people.

    May 24, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  11. pat

    Of course it is not significant. Lying is only important if you are not a Democrat.

    May 24, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  12. Libertyfreedom

    Massachusetts voters are sick of Champagne Socialists like Warren, Kerry, and Frank.

    It will be Brown in a landslide.

    May 24, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  13. dwech

    Elizabeth Warren has the intellectual weight for the job, Scott Brown does not. She is an advocate for the middle class, and understands the basics of this economy. Scott Brown has shown very little capability to do the job of U.S. Senator.

    May 24, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  14. Bill from Boston

    Only in Massachusetts could someone as phony as Liz Warren even stand a chance of being elected. Claiming minority status while not being a minority for the purpose of gaining an employment advantage is morally wrong! Never mind that so called "Affirmative Action" is bald faced discrimination, she, looking whiter than a polar bear claimed to be part Indian (since proven 100% false) and the universities went along so they could pump up their diversity numbers. This gaming of the racist system might impress liberals but it should repulse average Americans. So we have a candidate for senate (the new sheriff in town? how Ironic) in Massachusetts who got to where she is by lying and cheating and she is still competitive? I thought brain dead liberalism died with Ted K, boy was I wrong.

    May 24, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Mass, you vote for Elizsbeth Warren. GOP is loot, cheat, doom.

    May 24, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Elizabeth Warren looks like she should be a grade school teacher. She really don't give me the look of a U.s. Senator.

    May 24, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  17. Stella

    You don't have to claim minority status "to meet other people." You do have to claim it to get preferential treatment. That's what Ms. Warren did. She took something that was not hers–along with falsely bringing a minority perspective and experiences that she NEVER HAD to these universities that touted her as having these. She is an absurd JOKE.

    May 24, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  18. VancouverAndy

    Only in the liberal Democrat world, does lying, NOT matter to their constituents.

    May 24, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  19. bflat879

    Do you really believe that? If people say this isn't a big deal it's because the Democrat media machine isn't telling them why it should be. No matter how you look at it, Elizabeth Warren gamed the system and I really believe the voters have figured that out. You can skew a poll, but you can't skew a vote.

    May 24, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |