A newly released poll on the Massachusetts race to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat shows both Democratic Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch have comfortable leads over the Republican candidates: businessman Gabriel Gomez, attorney Michael Sullivan, and State Representative Dan Winslow.
The Western New England University poll conducted last week also gives Markey a 10-point lead over Lynch, with a 6-point margin of error. Gomez and Sullivan both lead Winslow by over 18 percent, and Gomez has a 6-point lead over Sullivan. But that is within the large margin of error of 9 percent.
Tim Vercellotti, director of Western New England University’s polling institute, says despite Markey’s lead over Lynch in pre-primary polls, when matched up to each Republican candidate, Lynch leads with much wider margins, especially among unenrolled voters.
“In fact, Lynch is even polling strong among Republican voters. In these match ups, Lynch is pulling up to a quarter of the Republican vote from his hypothetical opponents. So, of the two potential Democratic nominees, he seems like the more formidable general election candidate, compared to Ed Markey.”
But Vercellotti says Markey has more support from registered Democrats, who he says may turn out in higher numbers for a primary. The primaries are April 30th, and the special election is June 25th.
Markey and Lynch debate tonight in Boston and tomorrow night in Springfield. The Republicans have no more debates before the primary.
Click here for a full interview with Tim Vercillotti.