BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A new poll shows Democrat Edward Markey winning the backing of 48 percent of voters compared with 41 percent for Republican Gabriel Gomez as the state's special U.S. Senate election heads into its final two weeks.
The Suffolk University poll released Monday also shows 10 percent of voters undecided.
"Ed Markey continues to lead but the margin has dwindled," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. "Markey's core ballot test number has fallen below 50 percent and recent Obama administration scandals, especially the Associated Press phone records scrutiny, have touched a nerve with likely voters who are holding back or no longer supporting Markey and President Obama with the same intensity."
Markey's campaign released a statement following the release of the poll results saying, "As polls have indicated throughout this campaign, the more voters learn about the clear differences between Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez on issues like Gomez's opposition to banning assault weapons and willingness to support pro-life Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade the clearer it is that Gomez is out of step with the people of Massachusetts and only Markey can be trusted to fight for Massachusetts families."
The poll comes as Gomez and Markey prepare to face off in Springfield on Tuesday for their second televised debate, which is expected to include questions important to the western region of the state.
On Wednesday, President Obama is scheduled to attend a Markey rally in Boston.
The poll of 500 voters had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points and was conducted June 6 through June 9.
One percent declined to answer while less than one percent backed Twelve Visions Party candidate Richard Heos.
The election, to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of John Kerry to become secretary of state, is June 25.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.