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Patrick, Baker In Dead Heat In New Governor’s Race Polls

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Charlie Baker and Deval Patrick in the WBZ-TV debate Sept. 7.

Charlie Baker and Deval Patrick in the WBZ-TV debate Sept. 7.

BOSTON (CBS) – Two new polls in the Massachusetts governor’s race released Friday show Gov. Deval Patrick and Republican challenger Charlie Baker in a dead heat, just four days before the election.

A State House News poll of 400 registered voters taken Monday through Wednesday shows Patrick leading Baker by three points, 40-to-37 percent.  7 percent said they’re still undecided and the margin of error in the survey is 4.8 percent.

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of 750 likely voters taken Wednesday has Patrick edging Baker by two points, 46-to-44 percent.  One percent are not sure who they will vote for.  The margin of error is 4-percent.

“What stands out the most to me is that Governor Patrick is popular personally, even though his job performance is viewed negatively by most people,” State House News Pollster Gerry Chervinsky said on their web site.

“He has gone from unfavorable to favorable personally while his job-performance numbers have stayed low. You don’t see that very often. Job performance and favorability usually go hand in hand. What strikes me is that we have an incumbent governor a majority thinks is not doing a good job, who’s about to get re-elected. That’s surprising,” Chervinsky said

A Suffolk University poll released late Thursday night showed Patrick with a  seven-point lead over Baker.

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