A new Democratic poll of the Massachusetts Senate race poll shows Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren locked in a tight race, with each candidate garnering 46 percent of the vote.
The poll, paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and conducted by Harstad Strategic Research, was conducted earlier in the month -- from May 8-10. It was released Tuesday, the day before the latest Suffolk University poll of the race is slated to come out. The previous Suffolk poll, released February 17, had Brown leading Warren 49 percent to 40 percent.
The Harstad poll indicated that Warren hasn't been damaged by the Native American flap that has consumed the campaign for the past several weeks. It found that 38 percent of voters were less likely to vote for the Democrat based on things they had seen or heard about her in the past few weeks -- but 39 percent said they were more likely. And for Brown, the numbers were identical at 40 percent.
36 percent of respondents were Democrats, 13 percent were Republicans, and 50 percent were independent voters. The poll surveyed 502 likely Massachusetts voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.