Poll: Warren Holds Slight Lead Over Brown in Mass.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren continues to hold an apparent edge in the closely-watched Massachusetts Senate race over the Republican incumbent, Scott Brown, according to a new poll conducted for The Republican newspaper of Springfield, Mass., and released on Sunday. The poll also shows a yawning gender gap, with men favoring Brown and women supporting Warren, who is seeking to become the Bay State's first female senator.
Warren leads Brown in the poll, conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute, 50 percent to 45 percent. Only 3 percent of likely voters are undecided. Three weeks ago, Warren led Brown by a similar margin, 50 percent to 44 percent. In both cases, Warren's lead is within the margin of error.
Democrats favor Warren, 85 percent to 11 percent, while Brown wins near-unanimous backing among Republicans, 98 percent. Nearly half of likely voters, 46 percent, identify as independents, and they support Brown by a wide margin, 62 percent to 35 percent.
Male voters support Brown, 56 percent to 38 percent. But Warren holds an even more commanding advantage among female voters, 61 percent to 35 percent.