Politico Poll: Brown 52, Coakley 43, Kennedy 2

A new poll sponsored by Politico shows Scott Brown (R) with a comfortable lead the day before the Massachusetts special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate. The poll, conducted Sunday night for Politico by InsiderAdvantage, shows Brown leading Martha Coakley 52-43, with Libertarian Joe Kennedy hovering at 2% support.

Internal numbers from the poll are even more damaging to Coakley’s chances. The results show Brown leading by 41% among independent voters and by 15%. Other recent polls have shown Coakley’s support among independents to be waning, and the Politico poll is not the first released today to show Brown solidly ahead in the horserace.But a Research 2000 poll commissioned by DailyKos over the weekend and released today show the race to be a dead heat. Other polls have shown Brown ahead, but by a lead within the margin of error.

The Politico poll surveyed 804 likely voters and has a 3.4% margin of error. InsiderAdvantage is run by former Newt Gingrich aide Matt Towery.