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Suffolk poll shows Warren leading Brown by 7

A new poll released today shows Elizabeth Warren leading Senator Scott Brown by 7 percentage points, one of the Democratic challenger’s largest leads in any poll taken in recent months.

The poll, by Suffolk University/News 7, was released a day after a Boston Globe poll showed a much tighter race, with Brown leading by 2 percentage points. The Globe poll showed an exact tie when including responses from voters who did not express an initial preference but said they were leaning in one direction.

The Suffolk poll showed Warren leading with 53 percent of the vote compared with 46 percent for Brown. The poll of 600 likely voters, interviewed by phone, was taken Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

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“Elizabeth Warren is riding a final wave of momentum to the US Senate,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, in a news release.

The poll suggests that Brown’s attempt to paint Warren as untrustworthy and “not who she says she is” are not taking hold. Of those surveyed, 54 percent said she “is who she says she is” whereas 25 percent said she is not.

The Suffolk poll showed a much wider lead for President Obama over Mitt Romney—63 percent to 31 percent—than the Globe poll, which showed Obama only winning by 14 percent.

Twelve of 16 polls take in September and October show Warren with a lead.

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