Despite Last-minute Pitch From President Obama, Martha Coakley Lags In Special Election Polls


Despite last-minute pitch from President Obama, Martha Coakley lags in special election pollsAlthough President Obama showed up in person over the weekend to support her candidacy for the U.S. senate, opinion polls persistently show Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is trailing her opponent in the run-up to the special election on Tuesday.

A Public Policy Polling Survey released Sunday showed Republican candidate Scott Brown, currently a state senator, is leading by 51-46 percent. Moreover, polls from Suffolk University, the Merriman River Group and the American Research Group also show Brown ahead by between three and 10 percentage points, according to

The numbers were released after Obama made an impassioned plea to the state’s voters at Northeastern University in Boston, saying major issues of the day, such as healthcare reform, were at stake.

"Understand what’s at stake here, Massachusetts," Obama said. "It’s whether we’re going forward or going backwards. It’s whether we’re going to have a future where everybody gets a shot in this society, or just the privileged few."

Obama also asserted that Brown would represent a return to policies pursued during the Bush administration.

The special election will be held on January 19. If Brown prevails over Coakley, the Democrats will lose their supermajority in the Senate, and it will become easier for the GOP to sustain a filibuster and block legislation.

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