By Justin Sink
A second poll released this week shows Rep. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyFCC chief pushes phone companies to offer free robocall blocking Markey floats bill bringing internet to developing world Overnight Tech: First on The Hill – Key senators team up against robocalls | Social media giants back revenge porn bill | Facebook's diversity numbers MORE (D-Mass.) holding a single-digit lead over Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, a further indication that the race for Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryPower restored at Turkish air base used in anti-ISIS fight Don't expect much of a post-convention bounce for Trump or Clinton Kerry: Power at Turkish air base to be restored shortly MORE's former seat could be tighter than anticipated.
But the narrow advantages are an early disappointment for Markey, who was thought to have an easy path to the Senate after prevailing in Tuesday's Democratic primary. More than 60 percent of Massachusetts voters chose President Obama in 2012, despite former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney earning the Republican nomination.
The Emerson College survey found that both candidates enjoy relatively high favorability ratings — Markey at 48 percent and Gomez at 45 percent — and that Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, enjoyed broad support from independents and men. According to the survey, those without a party affiliation are breaking for Gomez 46-25 percent, while men back Gomez 44-37 percent.
Still, Markey has an advantage among females at 46-29 percent, and enjoys a concentrated base of support within the city of Boston, where he holds a 57-19 percent lead. And Markey holds both a sizable fundraising advantage and the backing of the White House - first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaTrump: Cruz is 'lucky' that I walked in on his speech Trump's LGBTQ remarks make splash on Facebook Winners, losers of GOP convention MORE has already scheduled a Boston fundraiser in support of his campaign.
Still, Democrats remain wary of taking the special election for granted after 2010, when former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) upset Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Massachusetts votes head to the polls on June 25.