Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is in a solid position to claim the Democratic Party's nomination in the Massachusetts special Senate election, according to a survey released Monday.
The poll, conducted by Democratic firm Garin-Hart-Yang on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice America, showed 42 percent of likely Democratic primary voters indicating a preference for Markey. Twenty-eight percent of primary voters said they intend to vote for Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who's presented himself as a moderate alternative to the more liberal Markey. The League of Conservation Voters and NARAL have both endorsed Markey, who's also enjoyed the backing of the Democratic establishment both in the Bay State and nationwide.
A survey last month from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, which was also commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters, showed Markey holding a nearly identical edge over Lynch, 43 percent to 28 percent. The primary is scheduled to be held April 30, with the special election slated to take place on June 25.
Markey has held varying advantages over Lynch is every public survey of the race, as evidenced by the PollTracker Average.