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Elizabeth Warren leading in polls

Monday, October 01, 2012, 5:50am
(NECN: Eileen Curran) - The latest poll in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts shows challenger Elizabeth Warren (D) with a slight lead over incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R). 
The WBUR poll has Warren leading Brown 46 to 44 percent. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percent. While good news for the Warren camp, the poll shows how tight the race is going into the candidate’s second debate Monday night.
Scott Brown’s debate prep included a stop in New Bedford, Mass. on Sunday. This was his third trip there this campaign season. Brown was unconcerned by a Boston Globe poll released that morning showing Elizabeth Warren with a five percent lead.

“I think this time last time in the election, I was down by 20 or maybe even more, so the only poll that really matters is nine o’clock on November 6th,” said Brown.

Warren had no public appearances on Sunday, but at a campaign stop in Leominster, Mass. on Saturday, she was focused on courting that city’s many un-enrolled voters.

“The way I see it is, whose side are you on?” said Warren.  “Scott Brown has some good votes, but far too often, he’s out there voting for the millionaires, the billionaires and voting for big oil.”

Connecting with independent voters could just be the key in this election. Monday night’s debate might be the way to reach them.

Representatives of both campaigns appeared on The Morning Show on NECN Monday morning to talk about what voters can expect to hear from the candidates during the debate. It’s themes we’ve heard before.

Elizabeth Mahoney is with the Brown campaign.

“I think you’re also going to see him raise questions about Elizabeth Warren’s record and asking her about her work on behalf of some corporations,” said Mahoney.  “She claims to be on part of the little guy, but now we see she’s sometimes working against the little guy.”

Jesse Mermell is with the Warren campaign.

“I think you’re going to hear Elizabeth articulate on what a clear choice this is going to be on November 6th and on Scott Brown, whose philosophy these past two years has been: ‘I’ve got mine, good luck to the rest of you, you’re on your own.’”

There are still many undecided voters out there. The Globe poll had 18 percent undecided, while the BUR poll had about 10 percent. As with other hotly contested races, sometimes voters don’t make up their mind until they are actually in the voting booth.
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