Markey still up in Massachusetts Senate battle
June 10th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Markey still up in Massachusetts Senate battle

(CNN) – Rep. Ed Markey still leads his Republican rival in the battle for Massachusetts' open Senate seat, according to a poll released Monday, though his margin has shrunk in the final weeks of the campaign.

The Suffolk University survey showed Markey, a longtime Democratic congressman from the Bay State, ahead of Gabriel Gomez 48%-41%. Gomez is a businessman and former Navy SEAL. Previous polls have consistently given Markey the edge, including a seventeen-point advantage in one poll from early May.

Other surveys have shown a much tighter contest. In Suffolk's poll, voters said they were paying close attention to the slate of controversies currently facing President Barack Obama – a fact the pollster attributed to the narrowing of Markey's lead.

"Ed Markey continues to lead but the margin has dwindled," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, wrote in a statement. "Markey's core ballot test number has fallen below 50 percent and recent Obama administration scandals, especially the Associated Press phone records scrutiny, have touched a nerve with likely voters who are holding back or no longer supporting Markey and President Obama with the same intensity."

Massachusetts voters will choose a new U.S. senator in a June 25 special election. The winner will finish the remainder of former Sen. John Kerry's term. Kerry left Congress after becoming secretary of state.

The race has been marked by bitter sparring between the two rivals. Markey has cast newcomer Gomez as a partisan Republican, including in the pair's first debate held last week when he called Gomez "the same old stale" type of Republican that lost last year's presidential race.

For his part, Gomez has equated his Democratic rival to "pond scum" for a web video that pictured him on screen with Osama bin Laden.

In Monday's poll, voters were questioned about the two rivals' claims – with neither gaining much traction.

Only 13% said they agreed with Gomez's "pond scum" charge, while 21% said they believed Markey when he characterizes Gomez as a tool of the "extreme right wing."

The Suffolk poll was conducted by telephone June 6-9 from 500 likely voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Ed Markey • Massachusetts • Senate
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    Let's see.... a lifelong sleazy Democrat politican or a military veteran that has risked his life to serve his country? That's an easy choice but the leftists up in Massachusetts almost always go with the sleazy Democrat. It is amazing Gomez is that close and Markey is still under 50%. Markey has to be sweating right now.

    June 10, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Markey wins this one going away.......I think the good people of the Commonwealth regretted giving a senate seat to a Republican and won't be repeating that mistake again anytime soon.

    June 10, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    The Democrats better play hardball this time . . . no more Scott Brown / Martha Coakly debacles.

    Mr. Obama, you are also the leadership head of the party. You and Debbie Wassreman-Schultz need to get cut throat. Support Hiliary if she gets the nomination but YOU MUST immediately bring other junior candidates along at the Presidemtial & Congressional level. The key yo Democratic Party principles having a chance to FIX this country is a Democratic win in 2016. It must happen at all costs to undo Reagan/Reagan/Bush.

    Where are the 45-somethings? Deval Patrick, Cory Booker, Kamila Harris, Juaquin Castro, etc.

    Put these people in cabinent level undersecretary positions. Include them as co-sponsors of Immigration & Healthcare legislation. Raise their profile. Markey will likely win but the DNC had better be more strategic going forward.

    June 10, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Lionel

    Markey will win. Republicans have not shed their racist, sleezy, obstructionist ways.

    June 10, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Len

    Tommy G,

    Have you served your country? Why is Markey a problem?

    June 10, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Data Driven

    Hate to tell you, Tommy G, but the sleazy Democrat's policies are preferred by Massachusetts voters, who are also sleazy, according to you.

    June 10, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. plain&simple

    @ Tommy G. ....... If memory serves correctly Senator Kerry is a decorated military veteran. So you must hold him in very high regard. Maybe you should vote for whomever he supports!

    June 10, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Markey has to be sweating right now.
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    yeah..just like Flip Flopney had Obama sweating or Brown had Warren sweating. Just because he's a veteran (who constantly makes that point...kinda like Rudy Ghouliani and "9/11") does not make him automatically capable of holding office. The tightie righties LOVE to cloak themselves in the flag but screw veterans any time they can in the name of "fiscal responsibility"

    June 10, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Steveo

    In another story Rudy NYC said he wants another "black Guy" as president. Rudy, the man got drunk after a manhunt. What is he going to do when he has to sent the military somewhere? Now, I would vote for Colin Powell, but he won't run!

    June 10, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Steveo

    Rudy's "Black Guy" in question is Gov Patrick. Sorry I left that out

    June 10, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Blabbermouth-Schultz was up here over the weekend. They must not like something in their internal polling.

    June 10, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Jessie in MA

    Rudy NYC
    As someone who has come to lose all respect for the Republican Party, I'm hoping for another black guy, like Gov. Duval Patrick, which would only serve as additional catalyst for the right wing's self implosion..
    -–

    Is this what the Democrat Party has degenated to? Replacing one incompetent black man with another incompetent black man so you can hide abject failure behind screams of racisim?? This is the way your think our country should be lead? With race baiting tactics? Pretty sad.

    June 10, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Eh, Rudy NYC,
    What is it you want the Republician Party to do for you that you can't do for yourself?
    -----------------------
    I want to the Reoublican Party to stop patronizing anyone who isn't conservative, playing them for stupid, and acting like they have some sort of manifest destiny to RULE. Liberals want to govern, but conservatives want to RULE. This last part is so obvious, and it is what turns people away.

    You have to admit though, what being beaten in a general election when there is record unemployment and no end to it in sight. In order for that to happen, the Republican Party must look even worse, and they in fact do. They look far worse.

    June 10, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Guess

    Gomez is a rich guy who benefits from gop policy, like it or not, this guys a tool, and will sell out the peoplenof his state in a heartbeat

    June 10, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    Eh, Rudy NYC,
    What is it you want the Republician Party to do for you that you can't do for yourself? The Nanny State is up and running as it has been for the last 80 plus years. Hillary is just an extention of the Nanny State and the glaring failure of the Liberal's as to the nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt, Still high unemployment, Food Stamps, etc. Republician's didn't give you that. It was the Liberal's as in the Housing Bubble. That what you want to continue? We all know Bill wants to get back in the White House so bad he can taste it. Do you want Slick Willie back in the White House?? He said, We could give you more of your money, but you wouldn't know how to spend it. That what you want Rudy?
    **************************
    I don't think we took the same American history, since this is a Goebbels-style lie. Since when have liberals been running everything for the last 80+ years? That would put us PRIOR to FDR becoming president. The New Deal effectively ended by 1937 due to conservative opposition in both the GOP and the Democratic party. Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41& 42, periods of GOP domination of the Senate, coupled with defacto conservative control of the House in the early Reagan years. De-regulation, increased defense spending, tax cuts dominating our budget process for 3 decades coupled with the explosion in the debt: does this sound like liberal domination? From 1952 to 2012, Democrats won the Presidency 7 out of 15 times: again, does that seem like domination? The parties both used to have liberal, moderate and conservative wings: now, that is gone. Nothing gets accomplished because ideologues trim reality to fit their policies, not the other way around. This daily, delusional rant put forth to paint a picture of helpless Conservatives is a fantasy for those who cannot be bothered to dig into the real history. Painting a picture of a Nanny State existing on the scale depicted in these rants is about as realistic as expecting Dick Cheney to become a marathon runner.

    June 10, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    In another story Rudy NYC said he wants another "black Guy" as president. Rudy, the man got drunk after a manhunt. What is he going to do when he has to sent the military somewhere? Now, I would vote for Colin Powell, but he won't run!
    ------------
    t's working, folks. I almost feel like Darth Sidious. A mind rub here, an implanted idea there, and stuff just blossoms. It's like having a vegetable garden. Plant some seeds, pull some weeds, feed it some water from time to time, and viola!

    June 10, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Only idiots would vote for the gop who have done nothing for five years except have 37 repeal obamacare votes at 1.5 million per vote of the tax payers money while they enjoy free healthcare at taxpayers expence and try to hold the economic hostage to make Obama look bad . Gop garbage out in 2014 mid terms and forget about 2016 .you don't realect people that try to keep you in the toilet . The gop , the garbage of America !!!!!!

    June 10, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Rudy's "Black Guy" in question is Gov Patrick. Sorry I left that out"

    I'd vote for him for POTUS just in hopes he gets elected and we can continue daring all the GOP/Teatroll racists to start their precious race war. GO ahead...we're waiting...dare ya dare ya dare ya....

    June 10, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. ST

    @ Steveo
    You are pathetic. Gov. Patrick rejoiced for the man who was hunted and got caught. Everyone including the governor were very scared when the man was still at large. I can assure you, though I was not there, Gov. Patrick had a sleepless night when the bombing happened. How come you are taking his success and the joy against him?

    June 10, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Steveo

    Rudy NYC

    t's working, folks. I almost feel like Darth Sidious. A mind rub here, an implanted idea there, and stuff just blossoms. It's like having a vegetable garden. Plant some seeds, pull some weeds, feed it some water from time to time, and viola!
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    Hey Rudy, If you are trolling just say so! That way I 'll know not to take anything you say serious! Darth Sidous? At least pick somebody who lasted until the end of the movie!

    June 10, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Bush 43, sorry.

    June 10, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Blabbermouth-Schultz was up here over the weekend. They must not like something in their internal polling.
    *************
    On the other hand, we have Reince Priebus, who has looked oh-so hard at his party and concluded that its not their policies but their method of delivery that is the problem. Right, its never their ideas, only the means of delivery and the fact that they ahve zero respect for the intelligence of the average voter ( They use FOX listeners as a baseline to form that conclusion).Btw, after letting the Underwear model win the last Senate seat, the Democrats have learned not to take any chances.

    June 10, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is a well known fact that ignorance abounds through out the land. Any State that would keep Chappaquidick Teddy in Office his full life ain't too smart. So less see if they have wised up yet. I'm betting no. I believe it is ordained that the Inmates will continue to run the Asylum.

    June 10, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Steveo

    @Sniffit
    I'd vote for him for POTUS just in hopes he gets elected and we can continue daring all the GOP/Teatroll racists to start their precious race war. GO ahead...we're waiting...dare ya dare ya dare ya....
    -------------–
    BINGO Sniffit! In two sentences you just nailed the problem with American politics! You mention skin color! You said NOTHING about his achievements! Letters (D or R), skin color, and gender!? Yet we wonder why nothing gets done? Bravo!

    June 10, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Guess

    The gop trying to make a scandal of everything, irs targeting started under bush, and this time was under gopp leadership @ irs, bush ordered, then fired alberto gonzales for firing 8 attorney generals, left leaning of course, also ordered torturing of prisoners, and well, 60 dead from embassy and consulate attacks during bush, selective outrage and compassion is not what we need

    June 10, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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