Shock Poll– Scott Brown Within 9 Points in Massachusetts Senate Race

Republican Scott Brown is now only 9 points down in the Massachusetts Senate race.
His creative advertising on fiscal responsibility is helping to lift his campaign. In this ad Scott Brown and John F. Kennedy take turns reading from the same 1962 Kennedy speech calling for tax cuts.

The special election is Tuesday January 19.
Rasmussen released its first polling on the Massachusetts senate race to fill Teddy Kennedy’s seat. Republican Scott Brown is only down 9 points to democrat Martha Coakley who reportedly went on vacation 20 days before the election.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley holds a nine-point lead over her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, in Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Coakley ahead of Brown 50% to 41%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

The special Senate election will be held on January 19 and special elections typically feature low turnout. That’s one reason the race appears to be a bit closer than might typically be expected for a Senate race in Massachusetts. Kennedy carried 69% of the vote when he was reelected in 2006.

Coakley, who was elected attorney general in 2006, defeated several other candidates to win her party’s nomination in a December 8 Primary. Brown, who has served in the State Senate since 2004, won the GOP Primary the same day.

The health care issue is expected to play a big role in the debate and Massachusetts voters hold modestly favorable attitudes about the proposed legislation. In the Bay State, 53% favor the plan working its way through Congress and 45% oppose it.

However, as is the case nationally, those who feel strongly about the bill are more likely to be opposed. The overall figures include 36% who Strongly Oppose the plan while 27% Strongly Favor it. 

** You can donate to Scott Brown’s campaign here.
Glenn Reynolds thinks money to Brown will be better spent than money to the RNC.

Previously:
** Conservative Republican and “America’s Sexiest Man” Contest Winner Gains Momentum in Massachusetts Senate Race
** Cocky Dem Coakley Goes On Vacation 20 Days Before Senate Election in Massachusetts

More… Legal Insurrection noted this from the poll- Brown down by only 2% among voters who definitely will vote and leads among independents by 44%

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