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Independent Poll Shows Massachusetts Fourth District Primary Is Very Competitive

August 19, 2020

The first independent poll in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts’s Fourth Congressional District is out, and it leaves plenty of uncertainty.

Data for Progress surveyed 515 likely Democratic primary voters in the Fourth district. The pollsters found that it’s a competitive race where a lot could change between now and the election September 1.

The poll, which has a 4.9 percent margin of error, shows Newton city councilor Jake Auchincloss and former Planned Parenthood employee Jesse Mermell tied for the lead, each with just 12 percent support.

After them, Newton city councilor Becky Grossman and social epidemiologist Natalia Linos have 8 percent support, while democratic socialist Ihssane Leckey has 7 percent, City Year founder Alan Khazei has 5 percent, former civil litigator Ben Sigel has 1 percent, and tech/cyber security businessman Christopher Zannetos had zero percent.

Most notably, however, 45 percent of voters are still undecided in this race.

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