After a barrage of mailings and TV commercials by challenger Seth Moulton, a new poll indicates that the race for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District is now virtually a dead heat.
The independent Emerson College Polling Society released a poll today showing Incumbent John Tierney with just a 47-44% lead over Moulton in the Tuesday, Sept. 9th primary.
Although it’s uncertain if Moulton can come all the way back on Tuesday, the new poll shows that he is indeed the “Comeback Kid.” An Emerson poll in April showed Tierney with a 64% to 11% lead over Moulton.
The latest poll was conducted Sept. 2-4th, with 343 likely Democrat primary voters, and has a margin of error of 5.3%.
The poll featured further bad news for Tierney. Another survey also asked about general election match ups. In a November matchup between Tierney and Republican Richard Tisei the Republican holds a 51-43% edge. Meanwhile, the Emerson poll gives Moulton a 44-36% edge over Tisei.
It will be very interesting to see what affect the Tisei match up part of the poll has on hardcore Dems, who obviously don’t want to lose this seat to a Republican. Up until now, many of the North Shore city and town committees, including the Peabody Democratic City Committee, have been solidly behind Tierney.
In the Democrat primary poll, minor candidates Melissa DeFranco comes in at 4%, while John Devine gets just 1%.
Overall, 6% remain undecided.