BOSTON (CBS) – The election is 11 months away, but there’s already a dead heat in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, according to a new poll.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Lana Jones reports
The UMass Amherst poll released Thursday shows Democrat Elizabeth Warren leading Sen. Scott Brown 43-to-39 percent.
The survey’s margin of error is 4.4 percent.
“These numbers could mean trouble for Scott Brown,” UMass Amherst political scientist Brian Schaffner said in a statement.
“The race is a dead heat and his support is well under 50 percent, which usually means difficulty for an incumbent, especially this far out from Election Day.”
Schaffner said Warren is drawing strong support from women, middle-to-low income residents and younger voters.
Brown, a Republican, has a large lead among independent voters.
The poll of 500 registered voters was conducted from November 9-22.
Warren’s strongest areas of support are in western Massachusetts and Boston.
Brown leads in central Massachusetts and they’re virtually tied in the southeastern part of the state.