Pollsters: Markey/Brown Race Would Be Dead Heat
Markey could have an edge with undecideds
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/1/2013 10:14:42 AM
Both Kerry and Markey have been prominent in communications policy, with Markey the former chair of the Communications (then Telecommunications) Subcommittee in the House and Kerry the chair of the Senate Communications Subcommittee.
According to Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling, Markey has a big lead in a primary match-up with a 52 to 19 lead over fellow Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch. The primary is April 30.
In the June 25 special election, if former Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown decides to run -- he won election to the remainder of the term for the late Ted Kennedy's former Democratic stronghold seat in 2010, only to be upset by consumer advocate Elizabeth Ann Warren in 2012 -- Public Policy has the race as essentially even.
Although Brown leads 48 to 45 in a head-to-head matchup, Democrat Warren got 69% of the current undecideds to only 17% for Brown. If that holds for the special election, Brown has a tough road.
Brown has reportedly not decided, and some Republicans would prefer he run for the governorship, according to the pollster, where he would start out as the clear favorite.
According to subcommittee watchers, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is a top candidate to replace Kerry atop Communications.
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