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Markey Poll Tests Waters for Potential Special Election Bid

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., told the Boston Globe Monday that he would take a serious look at a Senate special election should John Kerry be nominated secretary of state. But the Globe is reporting today that the longtime congressman already has a poll in the field testing him in potential primary matchups as well as a matchup against GOP Sen. Scott Brown.

The poll looks at Markey's favorability against other possible Democratic candidates for the seat: Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano, former Rep. and UMass Lowell chancellor Marty Meehan, and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The Globe:

The poll probed Markey's prospects in a head-to-head special election match-up against Brown, hinting at perceived lines of attack against the senator - and the congressman's own potential vulnerabilities.


As for Markey, the pollster asked about perceived strengths, including his work on clean energy legislation, his vote against Bush-era tax cuts, and his life story growing up the son of a milkman.

As for perceived negatives, the pollster asked about Markey votes on tax increases, whether the congressman spends too much time in Washington, and if, after 36 years, he doesn't come back to his district enough.


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