Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and challenger Elizabeth Warren are in a dead heat, according to a new poll Monday.
The poll by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the Boston Herald shows Brown, the Republican incumbent who scored an upset victory in a special election in January 2010, in a statistical tie with with Warren, 41 percent to 38 percent, given the survey’s 3.8 percent margin of error.
Warren, the Harvard Law School professor who headed the creation of President Barack Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is the clear front-runner in the six-person Democratic primary contest, getting 36 percent of the vote while none of her potential rivals got more than 5 percent.
Brown would face even stiffer competition against two Democrats who have said they had no interest in challenging the Massachusetts Republican. In the poll, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick leads Brown by a 43 to 36 percent margin and former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II is ahead of Brown in a 45 to 37 percent advantage.
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