Who's winning in the race for Massachusetts governor? That depends on whose poll you're looking at.
Republican candidate Charles Baker released results of internal campaign polling this morning that indicated he has taken the lead in the race.
Baker's polling found that he has 42 percent of the vote and Patrick has 35 percent.
The Baker poll comes after a Suffolk University/Channel 7 poll that came up with the opposite result. That poll found that Patrick was leading, with 46 percent of the vote, compared with 39 percent for Baker.
Both polls agreed that independent candidate Timothy Cahill was a distant third. Cahill garnered 10 percent in both polls. Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein received 1 percent in the Suffolk University/Channel 7 poll. The Baker campaign apparently did not ask voters about Stein.
Baker's campaign released a memo on the results that it received from Neil Newhouse Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the survey. The memo said Bakerís support continues to grow.
"The latter stages of this campaign reflect what we saw earlier this year with the Scott Brown race; Independent voters are coalescing behind the GOP candidate, putting Charlie Baker in a position to win this race," the memo said.
Alex Goldstein, a spokesman for the Patrick campaign said, "Republican Charlie Baker's internal poll has as much credibility as his failed Big Dig finance plan."
"Baker's already shown he is good at inflating numbers - just ask the working families and small businesses who have been suffering under his 150% increase in health care premiums," Goldstein said in an emailed statement.
The Newhouse poll surveyed 800 likely general election voters Oct. 11-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percentage points, the memo said.
The Suffolk University/Channel 7 poll surveyed 500 likely voters Oct. 10-12. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, the university said today in a statement.
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