Markey still up in Massachusetts Senate battle
June 10th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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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. The Real Tom Paine

    -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!
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    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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    Mr. Cheney?

    June 10, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "You mention skin color!"

    OOH NOES!!!! It's anathema to point out people who behave and believe in a racist manner!!! We're supposed to ignore, pretend it's no happening and invent more palatable motivation to ascribe to their actions!!!!!

    June 10, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Steveo

    @ST

    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?
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    1. Laughable, Highly doubtful my words are causing the governor to lose sleep
    2. I was also extremely glad those two knuckleheads were taken off the street
    3. I have taken NOTHING (no joy, no success) from him You REALLY think he cares about what I write?
    4. I am sure it was nerve wracking, no doubt. I am also sure sending in the marines is much MORE nerve wracking. I really don't want to read about the president getting drunk because something was hard! Not presidential! If he does, keep it private!
    5. You make it sound like I slammed the guy for getting drunk, I did not.
    6. Exactly what do you think would happen if we found out the president got drunk? That is all I'm saying!

    June 10, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Yes,
    The Real (Phonie) Tom Paine,
    If you want to re-write history it's all right with me. The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. SO, if everything is not fixed by now, WHAT HAPPENED ? Why do we have a nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt?, 46 million on Food Stamps? Republician Programs, perhaps? Sorry, those are the facts. But you can stick your head in the sand. Maybe that will bring back jobs. I know it's diffucult to open your eaye, but try.

    June 10, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Guess

    Steve, you have a hook in your mouth, the only reason the gop blocks progress is said skin color, your the idiot, you act like its ok to get paid 177k a year plus lifetime healthcare, and the hell with our problems, as long as a blackman is in charge, how is that ?

    June 10, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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!
    =====================================
    Irony and sarcasm just seems to be completely beyond the grasp of some on the right.

    BTW, Darth Sidious seemed to make it to the end of every movie, except for one, or so it seemed.

    June 10, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Steveo

    @Sniffit

    "You mention skin color!"

    OOH NOES!!!! It's anathema to point out people who behave and believe in a racist manner!!! We're supposed to ignore, pretend it's no happening and invent more palatable motivation to ascribe to their actions!!!!!
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    OOH YESSSSES! You said NOTHING about his achievements. I did not say you were racist, put the card back in the deck! Merely pointing out what you said (you'd vote for a black man) as well as what you did not (achievements/accomplishments). I also pointed out that I would as well and provided the name of a man with achievements! Colin Powell!

    June 10, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Colorado

    Poll Date Sample Markey (D) Gomez (R) Spread
    RCP Average 5/5 – 6/9 - 47.8 38.0 Markey +9.8
    Suffolk University 6/6 – 6/9 500 LV 48 41 Markey +7
    New England College 6/1 – 6/2 734 RV 52 40 Markey +12
    Emerson College 5/20 – 5/22 867 RV 45 33 Markey +12
    WBUR/MassINC 5/5 – 5/6 497 LV 46 38 Markey +8

    TAKE THAT TOMMY G !!!

    June 10, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Exactly what do you think would happen if we found out the president got drunk?"

    The GOP/Teatrolls would throw an inconsolable hissy fit and everyone else would roll their eyes. You have any idea how much alcohol some of the most famous and best POTUSes used to consume?

    June 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    Yes, it does abound throughout the land, and nowhere more than South Carolina, the state that, not only kept Mark Sanford on the public payroll, but also kept Strom Thurmond at the public trough until he was 100 years old: over 70 years of serving in government. You remember Thurmond, the man who publicly supported segregation while fathering children with an underage housekeeper out of wedlock behind closed doors? South Carolina was once referred to as "...too small for a republic and too big for an insane asylumn", by one of its own politicians. They have already achieved the latter.

    June 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Steveo

    @The Real Tom Paine

    Mr. Cheney?
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    Gotta give you credit... The Real Tom Paine. At least you said Mister!!!

    June 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Guess

    Hillary, we love you, just because they hate you so much, must mean you have something to offer the average joe, cant have that!

    June 10, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. ST

    @ Steveo
    I do think you are selfish. You want yourself to drink until you can't move anymore BUT not anyone else to take a day quite different from other days and enjoy with a sounding reason. These elected officials are human being like you or any other. Electing them, doesn't mean you make them act as you wish every minute and every second.

    June 10, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Yes,
    The Real (Phonie) Tom Paine,
    If you want to re-write history it's all right with me. The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. SO, if everything is not fixed by now, WHAT HAPPENED ? Why do we have a nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt?, 46 million on Food Stamps? Republician Programs, perhaps? Sorry, those are the facts. But you can stick your head in the sand. Maybe that will bring back jobs. I know it's diffucult to open your eaye, but try.
    ***************************************
    40 years of Democratic control of the House of Representatives is NOT the reason we have a huge debt, its the budget priorities of both Repblican and Democratic presidents that set the tone. Its real simple, Ray: when you spend more than you take in, you have a debt. The GOP, for all its holding balanced budgets up as the Holy Grail of economic health, failed miserably when they have had the chance to reduce the debt. That is a fact.At least the Democrats recognize you have to pay for the things you want, instead of running up the national debt for things like tax cuts that have never produced any jobs. I have yet to meet anyone who can claim their job was created by a tax cut. As far as food stamps are concerned, what are the plans from the GOP for getting people off public assistance? Aside from eliminating the programs, nothing. Eliminating the programs does not solve the problems. We will always have people in need of help, which is why those programs remain. Its a pity you can't make the real-life connection with the fantasy world you strive for with the reality of making it happen. It requires constant effort, which is why the GOP has no interest in it. Any sustained effort at anything besides helping the Trumps and Adelsons of this world continue to ship jobs out of the country is not worth their time and effort. I don't stick my head in the sand, I work, which is more than you and your pathetic, boring, predictable rants are indicative of.

    June 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Steveo

    @The Real Tom Paine

    Mr. Cheney?
    ---–
    Gotta give you credit... The Real Tom Paine. At least you said Mister!!!
    ******************
    I had good parents, thank you.

    June 10, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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