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GOP Poll: Massachusetts Senate Race a Statistical Tie
Weekly Standard ^

Posted on 06/08/2013 11:42:06 AM PDT by bryan999

A Republican polling firm has found that the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate is in a dead heat. Democrat Ed Markey, the longtime congressman, leads Republican and first-time candidate Gabriel Gomez by just a point. According to McLaughlin and Associates, a firm that often works for Republican candidates, 45 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts support Markey, while 44 percent support Gomez and 11 percent remain undecided. The election is on June 25.

Markey has long led Gomez in the polls, which is no surprise considering Massachusetts leans heavily Democratic. According to the Real Clear Politics average, which doesn't include the McLaughlin poll, Markey's lead over Gomez is about 10 points. But Republicans hoping to pull off an upset may find solace in Markey's high unfavorability ratings, which McLaughlin found to be 42 percent, equal to his favorability. Gomez, on the other hand, has a 48 percent favorability rating compared to a 27 percent unfavorability.

Gomez, a lifelong Republican, has taken great aims to distance himself from the national party, including voicing his support for comprehensive immigration reform, tougher gun control laws, and maintaining the current legality of abortion. His positioning as a moderate Republican could boost him in a low-turnout special election.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: edmarkey; gabrielgomez; massachusetts; realclearpolitics

1 posted on 06/08/2013 11:42:06 AM PDT by bryan999
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To: bryan999

Ok, what does McCain, Nancy Gramnasty, and Collins from Maine say to snatch a defeat for us from the Jaws of Victory?


2 posted on 06/08/2013 11:44:25 AM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: taildragger

I don’t think they need do much, this guy is no conservative and may as just as well be a dem according to the things he supports. What is wrong with that state, it cannot be too much sunshine having boiled away their wits as they are too far north for that. Send it back to the king with all aboard.


3 posted on 06/08/2013 11:46:55 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: bryan999

Hard to imagine...but I suppose that,just as Scott Brown was running at exactly the right time (”I’ll vote against OsamaObamaCare”) that might be true of Gomez as well (”I’ll vote against IRS abuses”).


4 posted on 06/08/2013 11:46:56 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: bryan999
Gomez, a lifelong Republican, has taken great aims to distance himself from the national party, including voicing his support for comprehensive immigration reform, tougher gun control laws, and maintaining the current legality of abortion. His positioning as a moderate Republican could boost him in a low-turnout special election.

I don't vote in Massachusetts, but regrettably if I did, I could not vote for this jerk. We do NOT need more hyper Rinos in the Senate.

We don't need Markey there, either. But I'm not going to start voting for baby killers and country destroyers from EITHER party.

As I said, I don't vote in Massachusetts. But if Markey wins, it will just give us another Lincoln Chaffee or Olympia Snowe to screw us in the crunch.

5 posted on 06/08/2013 11:47:30 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bryan999

Ronald Reagan won the electoral votes of Massachusetts twice. The margins were razor thin to be sure but Reagan never deviated from his conservative message so he could appease the voters there. If I’m not mistaken the bulk of voters in Massachusetts are independent and they won’t always rubber stamp Dems into office automatically. The problem is the RINOS don’t give the voters much of a difference between themselves and a liberal opponent. Voting for a RINO is the same as voting for a Democrat and so for the voters it’s easier to choose the real thing over a RINO like Gomez. I can’t think of any conservative who has ever been prominent in Massachusetts state politics.


6 posted on 06/08/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: bryan999
Let me paint a picture of Gomez for you -- The guy was a navy SEAL and pilot, true. He claims to be pro-life and anti-gun control.

BUT, he is pro-gayness, says he won't make pro-life an important issue (in other words, NOT PRO-LIFE), voted and donated to both Obama and Granny Warren. He begged Deval Patrick to make him the interim senator, saying that if he did he would join the gang of 8. I can only assume that he is still pro-illegal amnesty.

I suppose he might be with us perhaps 50% of the time, while Markey will be against us 110% of the time...In Massachusetts, this is the choice you get. I don't think I'll be able to stomach voting for him.

One more thing, I thought the liberals were the party of diversity, and yet they are running an "old white guy" against the young(ish) Hispanic. Where is all that anti-"old white guy" rhetoric we usually hear from the left?

7 posted on 06/08/2013 12:04:12 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: bryan999

I poo-pooed scott brown’s chances right up until the moment he won . . . won’t do that again.


8 posted on 06/08/2013 12:04:36 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JohnBrowdie

I wonder if Brown will run in NH—and if we’d then see a slightly more conservative version the second time a round.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 12:14:32 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: bryan999

Tell me no one really believes this. This pollster was horrifyingly bad last election.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 12:15:02 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: bryan999

Ed Markey needs to find an Indian ancestor, quick.

Is it possible for Democratic heterosexual white males to win major elections anymore — unless they’re part of dynasties (Governors Cuomo of NY and Brown of California) or have billions of dollars to buy elections like John Corzine used to do in New Jersey?

If not Ed Markey in Massachusetts, who can, and where?


11 posted on 06/08/2013 12:18:17 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Mouton

Two things:

1.) Gomez is vastly preferable to the truly execrable Ed Malarkey.

2.) Massachusetts is the second most Catholic state, and second most Democratic. Rhode Island leads in both categories. Because lace-curtain Irish and North End Sicilian grandmas held a grudge against the Anglo-Saxon Protestants, libertine agnostic grandchildren vote Democratic. It’s crazy.


12 posted on 06/08/2013 12:42:56 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: bryan999

The demhole wins by 5 easily...


13 posted on 06/08/2013 1:04:02 PM PDT by wny
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To: taildragger

It’s also an ideological tie.

Both the republican and the demonrat are pro abortion, pro gay marriage, pro amnesty.

There ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between them.


14 posted on 06/08/2013 1:04:24 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: 9YearLurker

> I wonder if Brown will run in NH

Oh, please. It’s bad enough that our NH delegation is 3/4 demonrat. Having a RINO “reaching across the aisle” to grovel obsequiously at the feet of the demonrats would be too much to suffer.


15 posted on 06/08/2013 1:11:34 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Cicero

I agree with you that Gomez might be a RINO, so is the guy that Christie placed as a temp Senator until the October election in NJ!!! But......the battle at this point should be to gain Republican control of the Senate. There are currently forty-five Republican Senators. Now with Christie’s appointment there are 46, however temporary. In this political climate, anything can change in NJ by the October rolls around!!!

If Gomez wins his special election on June 25th, he will become the 47th Pubbie Senator. There are 2 independant Senators, who vote with the Democrats!!! These two, while Liberal might want to rollover to the pubbies to maintain some level of control and their politcal power. Staying with defeated Democrats does absolutely nothing for them!!! Come 2014, mid-terms, we only would need four or five seats to gain and the Senate flips, which means we control all votes, debates, amendments, etc.

Just remember, winning the Senate and keeping the House in 2014, just about makes Obama & the Democrat Party, null and void!!! Just looking at the big picture!!!


16 posted on 06/08/2013 1:14:28 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: bryan999

I hope it’s close, but we get so many teases from blue states that some Republican senatorial, or even presidential candidate has a great chance to break through, then they lose by 10 - 20 points when the votes are counted.

Maybe Gomez has a chance, and maybe some of the Obama scandals will get even hotter and help propel Gomez to victory as Obamacare did for Scott Brown.


17 posted on 06/08/2013 1:24:21 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Because lace-curtain Irish

My wife falls in that category, I will bring this to her attention! Whenever she begins some commentary about her family history, I begin singing It is just a little shanty in old shanty town which usually shuts her down, for a few minutes anyway!!


18 posted on 06/08/2013 1:24:37 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Mouton

My father’s mother’s maiden name was Bernadette Devlin. He’d get all teary eyed whenever that homicidal bitch was on the news ragging about the English, who raised the Irish out of the mud and gave them the gift of the English language, which is the only thing that separates the Irish from the Hottentots.


19 posted on 06/08/2013 2:11:57 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Mouton

Me father’s mutha was shanty Irish, definitely not lace curtain Irish, btw. Shanty Irish, like ‘er namesake. I had a German American school boy friend who was quite pleased to explain the difference between lace-curtain Irish and shanty-Irish to me.


20 posted on 06/08/2013 2:14:31 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Cicero

The Republican Party in MA is so small that they cannot win by touting the party line. You have to appeal to the independent vote. And they are socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

The only benefit anyone on FR gets from a MA republican is that they tend to vote the party line in leadership votes.

Why anyone here would expect anything more befuddles me.

And, by the way, where are all of you guys who were shouting “Scott Brown for President” when he won a few years ago. Now we are stuck with Pocahantas. Be thankful for what you can get these days.


21 posted on 06/08/2013 2:18:54 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: dowcaet

Calvin Coolidge?


22 posted on 06/08/2013 2:19:36 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

“Might be a RINO”?

Gomez has already set records for RINOism — and he’s never even held office yet.

But it’s MA and ya take what ya can get.


23 posted on 06/08/2013 2:23:38 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Vermont Lt

Oh, you’re so right. I should of thought of him. I have a copy of his biography written by Amity Shales. Yeah, but you’re going back almost ninety years.


24 posted on 06/08/2013 2:42:12 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Vermont Lt; JLAGRAYFOX

I would agree that it is important to gain control of the Senate. And in the past, I have defended RINOs from liberal states who voted liberal when their vote didn’t matter, and voted the party line if it did.

The only trouble is that the damned GOP leadership no longer seems able, or perhaps interested, in forcing everyone to toe the party line when it really counts. They used to, but don’t seem to do it any longer. If not for Olympia Snowe’s one vote, for instance, Reid never would have gotten cloture to ram Obamacare through. She voted against it when it didn’t matter, but she voted for it when it did. And earlier, if not for McCain’s one vote, Bush would have succeeded in opening up the Alaskan wilderness for oil drilling. And he would have made his tax cuts permanent.

Will this guy vote with the leadership when it really counts? Who knows? Our current leadership doesn’t even seem to care, unfortunately, and they don’t punish offenders for voting wrong at a crucial time.


25 posted on 06/08/2013 2:48:24 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: dowcaet

I used to work in Northampton. Getting stuck in Coolidge Bridge construction was a daily headache.


26 posted on 06/08/2013 2:58:02 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Ed Markey is one of the biggest pieces of $hit in Congress, right up there with Nostrildomis. I would crawl through broken glass to vote for Gomez!
27 posted on 06/08/2013 4:31:58 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Vermont Lt; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks bryan999, well put Vermont Lt.


28 posted on 06/09/2013 6:44:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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