A new internal poll
from the Martha Coakley campaign says that Coakley, the Democratic candidate in the January 19 special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate, has a huge lead over Republican Scott Brown.
The survey, conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, puts Coakley ahead by 50%-36%. The margin is similar to the latest Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire poll
, and very different from the Public Policy Polling (D)
numbers that gave Brown a one-point edge.
But as Politico
notes: "Still, by commissioning and then disclosing private polling showing Coakley with a significant lead, Democrats are attempting to send the message that they are both taking the race seriously and that the party's 60-seat majority in the Senate is not threatened."