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GOP's Brown Edging Coakley in Latest Massachusetts Senate Poll

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Republican state Sen. Scott Brown is leading Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley by 50 percent to 46 percent with libertarian Joseph L. Kennedy (no relation to the Kennedy clan) getting 3 percent, and with 1 percent undecided, according to a Suffolk University/7News poll conducted Jan. 11-13. The margin of error is 4.4 points.

But even though Brown's lead is within the margin of error, Suffolk's David Paleologos called the results "a massive change in the political landscape."

The Suffolk poll attributes Brown's showing to support from independents, among whom he leads Coakley by 65 percent to 30 percent. It also says Brown is being helped by opposition to the health care reform legislation working its way through Congress.

Brown draws 91 percent of the Republican vote, a minority in Massachusetts, but the poll shows him poaching 17 percent of Democrats.

For more on the race and to see other polls:

New York Times: Democrats Fight to Hold Crucial Seat - Kennedy's

Boston Globe: In short race, Coakley picks targets carefully

Boston Globe: Brown pushes far beyond his GOP base

Washington Post: In Massachusetts, Republican Brown steps up campaign for Kennedy's Senate seat Massachusetts - It's Not Just About Turnout

Politics Daily: The Winner Will Be No Adams, Webster, or Kennedy

Rasmussen Reports: Coakley 49 percent, Brown 47 percent

Boston Globe: Coakley 50 percent, Brown 35 percent

Public Policy Polling: Brown 48 percent, Coakley 47 percent

Research 2000: Coakley 49 percent, Brown 41 percent

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