Brown closes Coakley's lead in final days

John O'Brien Jan. 13, 2010, 12:47pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A recently released poll shows the senatorial race in Massachusetts as nearly a dead-heat six days before a special election.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley leads state Republican Sen. Scott Brown by two percentage points in the race to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, according to figures released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports.

A week earlier, Brown had trailed by nine points. Now, Coakley leads 49 percent to 47 percent, with Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, no relation to the famed Kennedy political family, gaining 3 percent of the vote.

The three participated in their third and final debate Monday night. The Boston Herald live-blogged the debate and included a poll on who was winning.

By the end of the debate, Brown was receiving 86 percent of the votes, Coakley 9 and Kennedy 5.

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats support Coakley, while 88 percent of Republicans support Brown.

Unaffiliated voters likely to vote prefer Brown by a 71-23 margin.

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