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Massachusetts Governor: Patrick (D) Remains Slightly Ahead

Monday, October 18, 2010

The numbers haven’t changed despite President Obama’s Saturday visit to the state, but Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick still holds a small lead over Republican challenger Charlie Baker in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Massachusetts finds Patrick with 47% support, while Baker earns 42% of the vote. Independent candidate Tim Cahill is a far distant third with six percent (6%). Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Patrick held an identical 47% to 42% lead at the end of last month. The race remains Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Patrick, who is seeking a second four-year-term, has held the lead in surveys since March, but Baker narrowed the gap as support for Cahill, a Democrat-turned-independent, faded

Obama led a pro-Patrick rally in Boston on Saturday, and this survey was taken Saturday night.

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The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Massachusetts was conducted on October 16, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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