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Brown opens 5-point lead on Warren in new poll

Elizabeth Warren stepped up her attacks against Scott Brown over women’s issues Tuesday as a new poll showed her trailing the Republican senator by 5 points.

The automated phone survey conducted Aug. 16 to Aug. 19 by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm, indicated Brown ahead 49 percent to 44 percent, the first time he has led in the firm’s polling since June 2011. The poll’s margin of error is 2.9 percentage points. The survey also found that Brown led with men by more than 20 percentage points, while Warren led among women by 9 points.

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