Aug
25
2012

MA-SEN: Sen. Scott Brown’s lead confirmed?

Apparently, there are people who are shocked by this:

According to a Kimball Political Consulting survey of registered voters in Massachusetts, Senator Scott Brown has a 6 point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Warren (49 percent to 43 percent) with 9 percent undecided. The figure is just within the survey’s 4 percent margin of error.

President Obama continues to hold a double digit lead over former Massachusetts Mitt Romney (52 percent to 41 percent) with 7 percent undecided. Poll results are based on a sample of respondents most likely to vote in November.

…mind you, Legal Insurrection’s William A Jacobson is not one of those people, and neither am I.  We’re both quite aware – even if progressives themselves weren’t – that Massachusetts is a Democratic state, not necessarily a progressive one.  Oh, sure, Boston’s liberal (not as liberal as other Blue cities, but pretty liberal); but Boston is not the state. The state elected Brown in the first place, largely because he was a good retail politician that made it clear what Brown was and was not going to do once he was Senator. Coakley ran (and Warren is running) on ideology: Brown is running on constituent service (there’s a reason why Brown retained some of Kennedy’s staff, and that had nothing to do with ideology).  I think that there are some Democrats out there who wish it were the other way around.

Besides, what the Democrats really need to worry about is that 51/42 Obama/Romney number.  You see, in 2008 Obama beat McCain 62/36; and if you assume that undecideds will break against the incumbent then you are looking at a squeaker, in MA terms.  That isn’t as much a harbinger of potential disaster for the Democrats on national terms as it would be in, say, Minnesota; after all, Romney is a former MA governor, so he’s probably going to over-perform McCain in that state (heck, in every state).  But it does suggest that Massachusetts Democrats may find Obama problematical on the state level in November…

Moe Lane

2 Comments

  • NotSoBlueStater says:

    I usually feel like I can add something insightful to these posts, but calling myself “NotSoBlueStater” was inspired by the very truths you encapsulate here. Nice post.

  • acat says:

    Brown winning would be tremendous news. Not surprising, but .. tremendous.

    Mew

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