Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is widening his lead over Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts’ race for the U.S. Senate.
A new Emerson College survey out today puts Markey 12 points up over Gomez, 45 to 33 percent. The college had him 6 points up on May 1 when its pollsters last conducted a survey.
Massachusetts voters will select a U.S. senator on June 25 to fill out the remaining two years of John Kerry’s term. He became U.S. secretary of state in February. The seat is being filled on an interim basis by William “Mo” Cowan, former chief of staff to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Since winning the primary at the end of April, Markey has emphasized his connection to the state’s other Democrats including newly elected U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Gomez also is campaigning with stars from the U.S. Senate. He brought John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, to Boston for a rally and fundraiser.
The poll of 867 registered voters was conducted using automated calls. It has a margin of error of 3.26 percent.