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Perry’s Competitive Race Is No Massachusetts Mirage


If I’m a Republican in Massachusetts, I’m okay being down 3, with the national wind at my back, with about two weeks to go.

The race in the closely watched Massachusetts 10th Congressional District is a virtual dead heat, according to a new poll that gives a slight advantage to the Democrat, Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating, as the candidates head into the final two weeks of campaigning.

Keating garnered 46 percent in the poll compared with 43 percent for Republican Jeffrey D. Perry, a state representative from Sandwich, according to the survey by WGBH. But the poll also contains some warning signs for the Democrat: For example, if respondents who are only leaning to a candidate are left out, Perry has a slight lead, 41 percent to 40 percent.

In either case, the results are well within the poll’s margin of error of 4.9 percent.

“What the poll shows is that it’s wide open,’’ said Steven Koczela, the president of MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey of 400 likely voters between Oct. 13 and Oct. 15. The 10th District covers the South Shore from Quincy to Plymouth and Cape Cod. Keating and Perry are running to replace US Representative William D. Delahunt, Democrat of Quincy, who is retiring after seven terms.

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