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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Speaking of race baiting




Patrick Extends Lead Over Healey In New Survey
CBS4 Voter Guide

(CBS4) BOSTON Deval Patrick has widened his lead in the race for governor. An exclusive CBS4 Fast Track shows the Democratic nominee with a 25-percent lead over Republican Kerry Healey with just two weeks until Election Day.

In the survey of 623 likely voters taken earlier this week, Patrick garnered 56% support, easily outdistancing Healey's 31%. Independent candidate Christy Mihos had 8%, Green/Rainbow Party candidate Grace Ross, 2%, with 4% undecided.

Patrick held a 39-percent advantage over Healey in a post-primary survey taken in September. Two weeks ago, Healey shaved that lead to 18-percent.

But Patrick gained 4 points and Healey lost 3 points since the last CBS4 Fast Track survey on October 11.

"These numbers are terrible news for the Healey campaign," said CBS4 News Political Editor Jon Keller. "They tried to capitalize on the slide in Patrick's support caused by his handling of the Benjamin LaGuer affair, especially with that now-famous parking-garage ad aimed at women. But the plan seems to have backfired, big-time."

Patrick's gains have all come from male voters. Patrick had trailed by 2 points among men, now leads by 15, a 17-point improvement. The survey showed women favor Patrick by 33 points, down from 36.

"Not only haven't they stripped a significant number of women away from Patrick, but Healey's once-formidable support among men seems to have collapsed. There are signs Patrick is closing the deal with white voters, and his lead among independents, a slim five percent just two weeks ago, has jumped up to 12 points. Just as we saw in the Democratic primary, negative attacks on Patrick just seem to bounce off him and stick to the attacker," added Keller


Who would have thought in Massachusetts that a race baiting campaign wouldn't work? That Patrick would swat it away like a fly.

It isn't getting much national attention because of the general madness of other races, but this is a very big deal. The colorline in Northern statehouses is about to be crossed in a big way, Patrick as governor of Massachusetts, David Patterson as Lt. Governor in New York.

posted by Steve @ 12:17:00 AM

12:17:00 AM

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