Poll shows Markey up ahead of first debate
June 4th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll shows Markey up ahead of first debate

(CNN) – A day ahead of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates in Massachusetts, a new survey shows Democratic Rep. Ed Markey leading rival Gabriel Gomez by double digits.

The poll, released Tuesday by New England College, showed 52% of registered voters in the Bay State support Markey, who's serving his twentieth term in the U.S. House as the representative of Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District.

Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL, was at 40% in the survey. Another 8% said they were still unsure of who they'll support in the June 25th special election.

While both candidates enjoyed similar levels of support among their parties – Markey was at 75% among Democrats, and Gomez at 76% among Republicans – the higher number of Democrats in Massachusetts gave Markey his edge.

"The overwhelming Democratic registration edge and Markey's strong support among Democrats mean that Gomez has a big hill to climb to be competitive in this race," said Ben Tafoya, the director of the New England College Polling Center.

Both candidates held 52% favorable ratings, thought a greater number – 22% - said they were unsure of Gomez, who hasn't held public office in the state.

Polling in Massachusetts has consistently given Markey the edge, though the margins have varied. A 7 News/Suffolk University survey from early May gave Markey a seventeen-point advantage, while other poll showed a much tighter contest.

Markey and Gomez will meet for their first debate Wednesday in Boston, setting off the final month of campaigning for the seat that opened up after John Kerry left to become secretary of state. President Barack Obama will head to the state next Wednesday to campaign for Markey, a White House official and Markey campaign official both said.

The New England College poll was conducted by telephone June 1-2 from 734 registered voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.62 percentage points.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Twentieth term?


    June 4, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Stuffit

    Its Taxachusetts, what else would you expect. They always elect big spending liberals and murderers because the unions tell them to. They just don't know any better.

    June 4, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Twentieth term?



    Representative Markey is currently a Congressman. He's running for Senate. If he wins, he'll no longer be a twenty-term Congressman, but a freshman Senator. Get it? Sigh, most likely not so let me explain: it's a different office so your term limit rant is moot.

    June 4, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Nothing we couldn't have predicted there.

    The Dems have seized total control of MA.

    June 4, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, this "token" is at least photogenic.

    As missy and the tundra temptress have proven, it works.

    But, thankfully, only for a little while.

    June 4, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Psst, tea baggers, just read where Gomez was born to Colombian IMMIGRANTs, doesn't that make him one of those despised and reviled "anchor babies" which the FOX bubble describes as some sort of subhuman life form, instead of an American citizen?

    OMG, I kept reading, and he is a trained Navy Seal!!! Obviously, you GOPers where right, the Colombian drug cartel s decided back in the 1960's to send pregnant drug mules to have "terrorist" babies on American soil so they could come back and kill us all after being trained at tax payer expense!

    Hang on to your tea cups, he was indoctrinated at that liberal bastion of hate for all things American, HARVARD!

    He is an investor banker, was he sent here to brain wash us into a "one world monatery" policy?

    From now I will get my news from Drudge and Glen Jones, they have been right all along, and I was a mindless "Obama bot".

    Uh, but wait, before I start drinking Earl Grey, how exactly did this infidel make it through the GOP primary process???

    Piffle, now I see his last name is Gomez but looks white, and he is handsome.

    Never mind, I'm in!

    June 4, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Concerned citizen

    Go Markey; time to get GOP out totally until they come to some sense!

    June 4, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. art

    Why do Republicans constantly recruit Hispanics/Latino's with only the sounding name but are CLEARLY not Hispanic or Latino!!!!

    June 4, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. fthomasCain

    The insane Liberals and Democrats in Mass elected the pervert Barney Frank and the murderer, philanderer, alcoholic Ted Kennedy _ how would a brave Navy Seal ever have a chance???

    June 4, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Oh For Pete's Sake!

    After the scandals , lies and cover-ups ; after 2 Appeals courts joined the D.C Circuit Court in judging that Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB were UNCONSTITUTIONAL; after the Liar-in-Chief tramples the Constitution he SWORE to uphold; after the Unions have turned on Obama over Obamacare..................these uneducated, non-thinkers vote DEMOCRAT?

    Truly, the majority who [fraudulently in many cases] elected this dreadful man to the Presidency proves once and for all that Americans are stupid!

    June 4, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. Legal Permit to Carry

    Now there's some shocking news worthy of front page coverage!

    June 5, 2013 05:34 am at 5:34 am |