Coakley Cruising in Massachusetts

In the race to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley continues to enjoy a sizeable lead over three other opponents according to a recent Western New England College poll. She leads the field of four with support from 37 percent of registered Democrats and unenrolled voters, who are eligible to vote in the December 8th primary. Surprisingly, Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca is in second place with support from 14 percent of Democrats and unenrolled voters, with 13 percent favoring Congressman Mike Capuano and four percent backing Alan Khazei, co-founder of the public service organization City Year. Twenty-six percent said they were undecided or declined to state a preference.

The winner of the primary is likely to face Republican State Senator Scott Brown in the special election scheduled for January 19, 2010. The Western New England College poll also found that Coakley currently leads Brown by 26 points among registered and likely voters.

In other related news today, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Niki Tsongas also endorsed Martha Coakley.

Tags: Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Senate Race, Rep. Michael Capuano (all tags)



Re: Coakley Cruising in Massachusetts

This would be a good match if ever Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican State Senator Scott Brown would face in the scheduled special election next year.    ;

by craigspr 2009-10-28 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Coakley Cruising in Massachusetts

You forgot to mention that half of the people surveyed in this poll didn't identify as likely voters. Coakley has the name-recognition advantage, but the kind of people who'll be showing up to vote in December aren't going to be casting their ballot based on how many times they've heard the candidates' names. The more open discourse we get between Coakley and Capuano, the further her favorables will drop. Capuano's myriad of endorsements show he appeals to a wide base of progressive support. I think it's going to be a much tighter race than people are expecting.  

by Forbin 2009-10-30 09:39AM | 0 recs


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