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Poll: Majority of Likely Mass. Voters Don’t Want Warren in White House

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, Mass.) addresses the audience at the morning plenary session at the Netroots Nation conference for political progressives in Atlanta, Ga., August 12, 2017. (Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters)

A substantial majority of likely voters in Senator Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts don’t want her to enter the 2020 presidential race despite her strong fundraising record and national name recognition, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Fifty-eight percent of likely Massachusetts voters said Warren should stay out of the 2020 race, according to the Suffolk University Political Research Center/Boston Globe poll.

“This was a shocking finding to me, given that Democrats like her so much, and she has been making moves to run for president. I would have expected her to be leading this list of potential Massachusetts presidential candidates,” said David Paleologos, director of the poll.

Warren received the support of just 32 percent of the 500 respondents while John Kerry, who is not widely considered a presidential front-runner of Warren’s caliber, received 33 percent.

While she claims to be solely focused on winning reelection to the Senate in November, Warren has refused to rule out the possibility of a presidential run, allowing her Senate challenger, Republican Geoff Diehl, to suggest in repeated attack ads that she is simply using the Senate seat as a stepping stone to the White House.

Warren has fared slightly better in national polling than she has in her own state. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released in August indicated she would beat President Trump, though by a substantially smaller margin than former vice president Joe Biden or Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

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