Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez has narrowed the polling gap with Democratic candidate Edward Markey in a new Suffolk University poll.
In a survey of what the university called 500 "tightly-screened" likely voters, Markey has garnered 48 percent of support to Gomez's 41 percent. Ten percent have not yet made up their minds while one percent refused to answer and another one percent are supporting Twelve Visions candidate Richard Heos.
“Ed Markey continues to lead but the margin has dwindled,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, in a statement along with Monday's poll results. “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.”
The margin of error for the new poll was 4.4 percent. It was conducted from last Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.
Markey and Gomez will square off in the June 25 special election to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.