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Massachusetts Senate: Kerry Holds Dominant Lead

Not surprisingly, Senator John Kerry (D) is in great shape in his bid for re-election.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Massachusetts found that the 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee attracts 63% of the vote against either Jeff Beaty or Jim Ogonowski. Kerry also leads both possible Republican challengers by more than a two-to-one margin. Those figures reflect a modest improvement compared to a month ago.

Kerry is the best known of all three candidates in the Bay State. He is viewed favorably by 54% and unfavorably by 32%. For Ogonowski, those numbers are 38% favorably, 35% unfavorable, and 28% are not sure. Beatty’s ratings are 27% favorable, 31% unfavorable, and 42% are not sure.

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Kerry is viewed favorably by 61% of Massachusetts voter and unfavorably by 37%.

For Ogonowski, the numbers are 34% favorable and 42% unfavorable. Beatty earns positive reviews from 26% and unfavorably by 38%.

Overall, prospects are very good for Democrats in Senate races this fall. At least eleven Republican Senate seats are potentially in play for Democrats including seats in Alaska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas.

Only one state features a race with a potentially vulnerable Democrat—Louisiana.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Massachusetts voters say Governor Deval Patrick is doing a good or an excellent job. Twenty-three percent (23%) say he is doing a poor job.

In the Massachusetts presidential election, Barack Obama has a solid lead over John McCain.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports May 29, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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