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Brown, Warren Tied In Massachusetts

Brown, Warren Tied In Massachusetts

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., is tied with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, according to a poll from Public Policy Polling.

Warren and Brown both receive 46 percent of the vote in the poll, which was conducted from June 22 through 24.

The poll shows an increase of support for Brown, who had trailed Warren, 46-41, in the last PPP poll. Brown has increased his support among independents, leading Warren by 24 percent among the group. Brown must win independents handily to hold on to his seat in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.

Brown is rated favorably by 51 percent of Bay Staters, and unfavorably by 38 percent. Warren also is rated positively by voters, with 47 percent seeing her favorably and 38 percent unfavorably.

Polling indicates that Brown has been successful in painting himself as a moderate. Only 34 percent of respondents see Brown as too conservative, while 42 percent see Warren as too liberal, including 53 percent of independents.

The poll is very much in line with other polls showing a very close race. No poll taken since mid-March has shown either candidate with more than a 2 percentage point lead, and the RealClearPolitics average of polls gives Brown a very narrow lead of 0.2 percent.

“This race continues to be a sheer toss up,” said Dean Debnam of PPP. “One thing to keep an eye on is the undecideds. They’re supporting Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by 50 points. That could mean Warren has more room to grow.”

The Massachusetts race could be critical in determining which party controls the Senate in 2013. Democrats and independents aligned with the Democrats currently hold 53 seats in the 100 seat chamber. But Democrats are defending more seats than Republicans, and are expected to face an uphill battle to hold the upper house. That battle becomes significantly easier if Democrats can flip usually-blue Massachusetts back into their column.

The poll of 902 Massachusetts voters has a margin of error of ±3.3 percent.

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10:49AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

GO Warren! It's time we elected someone, somewhere, with brains.

4:44PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Not good. Even if Warren wins this election, Republicans could still steal a close race from her with their usual voter intimidation, disenfranchisement and other election fraud tactics. Here's hoping that she is able to overcome these criminals and prevail.

12:37PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Warren is AWESOME !!

12:31PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Seriously? What the f is wrong with people. Elizabeth Warren would do Ted Kennedy proud. People are morons if they reelect Brown. Sheesh!

12:22PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Care 2, don't you think you could manage to find a decent photo for this article. The election in Massachusetts is a serious matter. There is so much at stake and Elizabeth Warren is a godsend of hope for ordinary people while her opponent can only do what he is told by his republican leaders to take care of the 1% who believe that "Greed, is good."

11:43AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Baffled and befuddled.... Brown should not receive any support other than $..... but, I guess the people of MA are being bought just like those in WI. I want to believe that my vote has basis in fact and not $.... Fu*k Citizens United!

10:26AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

I am baffled. You can't compare the two. If you want a deceiptful liar like Romney who puts big money and corporations above people, by all means, vote Brown. If you want someone who believes in the rights of individuals, that everyone in power must be held accountable to that power and has proven to be of high integrity, you really want to vote Warren. So far, all of the ads from Brown are misleading and decieptful. They purposely misrepresent the truth. They don't present false facts, they just present them in ways that present a false reality. Warren's ads are 100% truthful. She comes out and states exactly what she is and what she wants to do. And I fear for my state that so many people can be afraid of a someone who wants to be a Senator who wants to stand for constitutional standards. Instead of a liar who votes consistantly against the welfare of the people.

10:12AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

A Warren/Clinton ticket in 2016!!!!

10:08AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

@steve r- What is your statement suppose to mean? It should very derogatory and racist. Surely, you are a much more educated person and did not mean it to sound like that. My goodness, you must be more evolved than that.

10:08AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

If the people of MA don't elect Elizabeth Warren they destroying any chance of a progressive majority in the Senate. We need her desperately in Washington.

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