Democrat Elizabeth Warren has jumped back into the lead in the volatile Massachusetts Senate race against Republican Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., according to a WBUR poll.
The poll, conducted for WBUR by the MassINC Polling Group, showed Warren with a 48 percent to 43 percent lead over Brown among likely Massachusetts voters.
When including undecided voters that lean toward one of the candidates, Warren has a slightly wider 50 percent to 44 percent lead.
A separate WBUR poll conducted earlier in October had shown Brown with a 47 percent to 43 percent lead over Warren.
MassINC Pollster Steve Koczela told WBUR, "The last poll that we did happened to coincide with would have to be described as the worst week of the entire campaign for Democrats."
"It was right after the first presidential debate, where President Obama gave what would have to be described as a pretty lackluster performance," he added.
Koczela went on to say that the swing from a four-point lead for Brown to a five-point lead for Warren is definitely a "meaningful change."
The latest poll showed Warren widening her lead over Brown among women and significantly trimming Brown's lead among men.
The survey of 516 likely Massachusetts voters was conducted from October 21st through 22nd and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
A separate survey by Quinnipiac University showed that Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has moved into the lead in what had been a tight Senate race in Connecticut.
The poll showed 49 percent of likely Connecticut voters support Murphy, while 43 percent support his Republican opponent Linda McMahon, the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment.
If the Democratic candidates manage to win the seats in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, it could go a long way toward helping the party maintain control of the Senate.
by RTT Staff Writer
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