Sen. Scott Brown has taken a small lead over opponent Elizabeth Warren in a key Massachusetts Senate race, according to a Boston Globe survey that reversed its September results.
Warren, the blond-hair, blue-eyed Democrat who allegedly claimed she was a Native American on employment applications has lost her small lead over Sen. Scott Brown according to the poll out Monday.
The survey shows Brown pulling ahead by two points at 45% to Warren’s 43%, well within the poll’s margin for error. The two are in a dead heat when voters who are leaning one way or the other weigh in. Warren had opened a slim lead in past weeks.
However the poll shows Brown making up 6-points since the September Globe survey which showed Warren ahead 43% to 38%. Despite the shift in momentum for Brown, other polls show the two are statistically tied or Warren with a slight lead.
The candidates hope to conduct a fourth and final debate Tuesday evening, where each will attempt to close the sale on their campaigns.
However the debate’s sponsors, a media group that includes the Globe, are wrestling with a decision on whether to postpone or cancel the debate as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the coast.
While Democrats enjoy an overwhelming majority in voter registration in Massachusetts, they crossed the political divide and elected Brown to Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat in 2010.
Meanwhile, the poll shows a significant drop in Warren's favorable rating, perhaps due to her controversial claims to Native American heritage that lack documentation save her own claims and her controversial legal work for corporate clients allegedly performed without a Massachusetts license to practice law.
Warren is viewed favorably by 49 percent of respondents, compared with 42 percent who viewed her unfavorably. Last month 53 percent offered a favorable opinion and only 36 percent said they viewed her unfavorably, indicating a significant drop in favorable only eight days before the election.
For Brown's part, among those surveyed, 54 percent said they viewed the U.S. senator favorably, compared with 37 percent who viewed him unfavorably.