For John, BLUF: Too close to have confidence. Especially with 22% of the voters still undecided. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Boston Globe, Reporter Jim O'Sullivan gives us "Baker edges ahead of Coakley". That would be businessman Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Here is the key paragraph:
Republican Charlie Baker holds a slender lead of 2 percentage points over Coakley, 40 percent to 38 percent, an inversion of last week’s survey, in which Coakley was ahead by 3 percentage points. Among voters who said they will “definitely vote,” Baker enjoys an advantage of 41 percent to 37 percent.Here is an explanation for the switch in positions put forward by The Globe:
Coakley may be suffering from the souring national mood toward her party’s leader, President Obama. Even in predominantly Democratic Massachusetts, more voters, 48 percent, disapprove of the president’s job performance, than approve, 46 percent.I thought the President, and his Party, was supposed to get a bounce out of starting military action. Is the world turned upside down?
Additional bad news:
As White House Democrats prepare to stump in Massachusetts for Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor’s race, a new Globe poll shows that national political conditions may be hobbling her chances for victory.Were is Paul Revere when you need him. Spread the word, "The White House Democrats are coming, The White House Democrats are coming."
Hat tip to the Memeorandum.
Regards — Cliff