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Poll: O’Brien Leads Romney in Mass.

September 29, 2002

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BOSTON (AP) _ Democrat Shannon O’Brien has a slight lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, according to a Boston Globe-WBZ-TV poll published Sunday.

O’Brien received 42 percent of the vote, compared to Romney’s 36 percent, with 12 percent undecided and 2 percent declining to answer.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Carla Howell each drew 4 percent in the poll, a survey of 400 likely voters by KRC Communications Research.

The poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, had a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

O’Brien, the state Treasurer, led Romney 48 percent to 30 percent among females surveyed. Romney, the former Winter Olympics chief, fared better among men, beating O’Brien by a 7 percent margin.

``There’s a huge gender gap that is clearly providing her with her lead,″ said Gerry Chervinsky, KRC’s president. ``Romney can’t win if he can’t find a way to overcome it.″

O’Brien and Romney are running to succeed GOP acting Gov. Jane Swift, who is not running.

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