Brown Leads Harvard’s Warren by 9% in Massachusetts Senate Race, Poll Says

U.S. Senator Scott Brown, a Republican elected to the seat long held by the late Ted Kennedy, leads challenger Elizabeth Warren, 49 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, a Suffolk University survey shows.

Independents backed Brown 60 percent to 28 percent, according to the poll released late yesterday by the Boston school. Brown, 52, was viewed favorably by 52 percent of those polled, while 35 percent held that view of Warren, 62, a Harvard Law School professor and former White House adviser.

The poll, produced with WHDH-TV in Boston, showed that 60 percent of voters favor having a Republican representing Massachusetts in the Senate alongside Democrat John Kerry. Among independents, who comprise a majority of voters in the state, 64 percent agreed that there was a benefit in having one senator from each major party.

The contest has drawn national attention as a focal point for the battle to control the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim majority. Brown won the seat in January 2010, beating state Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, by 5 percentage points to fill out the remaining months of Kennedy’s last term. He died in 2009. Warren, who faces a Democratic primary, left the White House last year after helping President Barack Obama set up the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The telephone survey of 600 registered voters from Feb. 11- 15 had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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