Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick still maintains a modest lead in Massachusetts' three-way gubernatorial contest, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll
conducted April 5.
In a race against former health care executive Charlie Baker
, one of the contenders for the GOP nomination, and state Treasurer Tim Cahill
, a longtime Democrat running as an independent, Patrick leads with 35 percent followed by Baker at 27 percent and Cahill at 23 percent, with 15 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.5 points.
Cahill dropped out of the Democratic Party last summer saying he had become unhappy with its direction.
If the threesome includes GOP businessman Christy Mihos
instead of Baker, Patrick leads with 38 percent, followed by Cahill at 33 percent and Mihos at 15 percent, with 14 percent undecided.
Baker gets 73 percent support from fellow Republicans to Patrick's 63 percent among Democrats. Cahill takes 13 percent of the Republican vote and 22 percent of the Democratic vote. Cahill and Baker divide unaffiliated voters at 28 percent each with Patrick getting 19 percent.
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