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Rep. Ed Markey has a 17 point lead [pdf] over Rep. Steve Lynch in the primary race for the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. Markey leads 49-32, a substantial lead, but one that would be good to get over 50 percent. That's according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling for the League of Conservation Voters.
The two key takeaways from the poll:
-Markey is substantially more popular than Lynch. 67% of primary voters have a favorable opinion of him to only 18% with a negative one. Voters are much more divided in their sentiments toward Lynch with 44% rating him positively, compared to 30% of voters who have an unfavorable opinion.
- Primary voters oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, and among those against the proposal Markey leads Lynch by an overwhelming 75/11 spread.
As far as Massachusetts is concerned, Lynch is a Blue Dog. He voted against the Affordable Care Act; he's consistently been anti-abortion, and his last-minute flip on the issue has not convinced voters. But it's not just opposition to Lynch among Democrats that's keeping Markey ahead. It's because he's consistently been a leader on issues that matter to the state's voters.