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Rep. Ed Markey leads Gabriel Gomez in the special election for MA Senate

Right after the primary for the Massachusetts special Senate race a few polls found that Republican Gabriel Gomez within striking distance of Democratic Ed Markey, but new polling shows Markey with a much more comfortable lead.

A new WBUR poll by MassINC Polling Group conducted over the weekend found Markey has an eight-point lead when you include leaners. It has Markey at 46 percent and Gomez at 38 percent among likely voters.

A Suffolk University poll finds Markey with a much larger 17 point lead among likely voters. It has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at just 35 percent.

Both polls found Gomez remains an unknown quantity with many voters. According to the Suffolk poll 32 percent still hadn’t formed an opinion about him, while the WBUR found 47 had never heard of him or hadn’t formed an opinion.

While Gomez seems to be a strong Republican candidate for a blue state and the low turnout of special elections favors Republicans, the overwhelmingly Democratic leanings of Massachusetts is still nearly impossible for any Republican to overcome.