Our feisty local tabloid today released a new poll on the U.S. Senate race (which pretty much runs true to form), and gave it that special Herald something.
Start with Page One:
Two elements of note: 1) the Cryptkeeper photo of Ed Markey; and 2) the rose-colored subhead.
From Joe Battenfeld’s lead piece:
U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is the clear frontrunner to win the special U.S. Senate election, but his support is so soft he’s failing to break the 50 percent mark even against a field of little-known GOP challengers, a new UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll reveals.
Helpful graphic (see full poll here):
Meanwhile, crosstown rival Boston Globe has a piggyback piece on the Herald poll with a decidedly more measured tone.
Markey leads Lynch by wide margin in poll
Representative Edward J. Markey holds a wide lead over his Democratic rival for the Senate, fellow Representative Stephen F. Lynch, and would easily beat all three Republican candidates in a head-to-head matchup, according to a new poll.
Markey leads Lynch by 29.5 percentage points among potential Democratic primary voters, 50 percent to 20.5 percent, with 23 percent undecided about their preference in the April 30 primary, according to the UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll released Wednesday night.
Markey, of Malden, would also beat the Republicans candidates by double-digit margins, although the poll found that the vast majority of voters do not know who those candidates are, suggesting they have room to grow if they can broaden their profiles.
Room to grow. That’s putting it mildly.
Not at all the style at the Herald.