Massachusetts: Still Loving Obama, But Wanting a Republican in the Senate?


The Washington Examiner is reporting on supposed internal poll numbers from Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley, fighting for the ancestral Kennedy seat, which have her actually behind her GOP opponent Scott Brown now. Simultanously, Obama approval ratings remain at 60 percent there. Does lead one to imagine how grim things could get nationally for the Dems in 2010 if his approval ratings are consistently smaller than that across the nation. Excerpt:

"I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."….

With the election still four days away, Democrats are still hoping that "something could happen" to change the dynamics of the race. But until that thing happens, the situation as it exists today explains Barack Obama's decision not to travel to Massachusetts to campaign for Coakley….For national Democrats, the task is now to insulate Obama against any suggestion that a Coakley defeat would be a judgment on the president's agenda and performance in office.

The Washington Post this morning is reporting merely a "dead heat" between Coakley and Brown. Michael Moynihan blogged about the Coakley/Brown race yesterday.