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Elizabeth Warren Nearly Ties Scott Brown

And 37% of voters still don't know who she is
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
Elizabeth Warren Nearly Ties Scott Brown
Elizabeth Warren speaks during the AARP Magazine's 2011 Inspire Awards at Ronald Reagan Building on December 9, 2010 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren is within striking distance of Scott Brown, even though many voters have never heard of her, according to a new Boston Herald/UMass Lowell poll. While Brown came out ahead 41% to 38% in the poll, that’s essentially a tie given the poll’s 3.8% margin of error. And it looks all but certain Warren will emerge from the Democratic primary to face Brown—36% of primary voters said they’d pick her, while no other candidate gathered more than 5%.

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About 37% of respondents had never heard of Warren, but her supporters were more likely to be following the race closely than Brown’s. ““They seem to be hungry for a chance to win Ted Kennedy’s old seat back,” one poll consultant said. But Brown’s approval rating remains strong at 53%, and even 38% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of him. He’s especially popular among independents, where he leads Warren 48% to 29%. His weakness? About half of voters say he hasn’t done enough for the middle class. (Read more Elizabeth Warren stories.)

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