Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) appears poised to become the next U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, with yet another poll released Friday showing the Democrat claiming a double-digit lead in the state’s special election.
The automated poll from Emerson College found the Democratic congressman with the support of 51 percent of Bay State voters, while Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez trailed with 41 percent.
With memories of Scott Brown’s improbable victory in the state’s 2010 special Senate election still fresh, many analysts insisted that this year’s race was sure to be tight. But Markey has asserted himself as the clear favorite this month, with poll after poll showing him with comfortable leads. A UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll released Friday even showed him up by 20 points.
The PollTracker Average shows Markey with about a 10-point advantage, largely mirroring Emerson’s findings.