Monday, October 18, 2010

MA-10: Close Battle

A new poll has been released showing how tightly contested the race is in Massachusetts's 10th Congressional District:

The race for the 10th Congressional District between Democrat William Keating and Republican Jeffrey Perry is a statistical dead heat, according to poll results released Sunday afternoon by WGBH and MassInc.

The poll of 400 likely voters in the 10th Congressional District gives Keating a slight edge over Perry, 46 percent to 43 percent with only 4 percent undecided and 5 percent leaning toward one of the three independent candidates in the race. The results have a 4.9 percent margin of error.

When the same 400 likely voters were initially asked who they preferred, Perry came out on top 41 percent to 40 percent, with 13 percent of the voters undecided. Independents garnered only 4 percent collectively.

Keating's vicious personal attacks on Perry have been successful at driving up Perry's unfavorability rating, but this poll also shows why Keating has attacked so vociferously: this seat is on the verge of flipping to the GOP.

National Democratic money is flowing into this race, fueling negative ads against Perry. Perry has advanced the case for small-government reform, and it seems to be working (notice that Keating is not mainly attacking Perry on the issues or defending the record of Congressional Democrats). A little more support could put Perry over the top.


  1. To paraphrase Michelle Obama, if Perry wins, this will be the first time in decades I'll be proud to summer on Cape Cod.

  2. I would rather hear what platfirm Keting has, or any one running than all the vicious things being said

  3. Im tired of the two party spin machine. How about the best person for the job?? Former Mayor Jim Sheets has a proven track record, more experience, and is more accoplished than than anyone in the race for the 10th. It's clear to me, that if you're independant, you're also marginalized in this state. To bad, the 10th will miss out on a golden oportunity simply because the media has kept the wraps on perhaps the most successful mayor in any city across this commonwealth's rich political history.