Brown Widens Gap, Takes 9-Point Lead Over Coakley
Republican up 41 points among independents
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2010 4:35 PM CST
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, center, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat left empty by the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., applauds during a campaign rally at a...   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – Scott Brown is 9 points ahead of Martha Coakley in a poll released today, just 1 day before Massachusetts voters decide who will fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. New InsiderAdvantage numbers show Brown ahead 52% to 43% with likely registered voters. Among independents, Brown is ahead a staggering 41 points; the Republican also enjoys the support of 24% of Democrats.

"I actually think the bottom is falling out," of Coakley's Senate bid, InsiderAdvantage's CEO tells Politico. "I think that this candidate is in freefall. Clearly this race is imploding for her."