With less than a week to go before the U.S. Senate special election, Democratic nominee Edward Markey has opened up a 20-point lead on Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez, according to a UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll released Thursday.
Markey, a Democratic congressman from Malden, had 56 percent of support in the poll which included 312 likely voters. Gomez, a Cohasset businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL, had 36 percent of support among those voters.
According to the Herald, the poll queried a total of 608 registered voters and found Markey to have a 53-32 lead amongst that group.
The Herald article notes Markey has not has a lead this large in any other recent polling, most of which has found his support over Gomez in single-digits.
Markey and Gomez will square off in the special election June 25 to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.