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Warren leads Brown narrowly in new poll

Poll is seventh of nine in September to show Elizabeth Warren with lead on Scott Brown

As Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren prepare for their second debate tonight, a new poll shows Warren leading Brown by two percentage points — 46 percent to 44 percent, with 9 percent undecided in the hotly contested race.

The WBUR/Mass Inc. poll of 504 likely voters taken Sept. 26- Sept. 28 is the seventh of nine surveys taken in September to show Warren, a Democrat and Harvard Law School professor, with a small lead over Brown, a Republican. But the results are well within the poll’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

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The same polling group had Warren up by 5 percentage points in a poll taken two weeks earlier, from Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.

Warren’s lead goes up to 4 points in the newest poll from WBUR if the responses of so-called “leaners” are included. These are voters who initially say they are undecided, but express a preference when asked which way they are currently leaning.

The Globe released its own poll Sunday, which showed Warren leading 43-38, with 19 percent of those surveyed saying they remain undecided.

The candidates will debate for the second time tonight, for an hour before a crowd of 5,700 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Center. David Gregory, host of the NBC News program “Meet the Press,” will moderate. The debate is co-sponsored by the Boston Herald.

The debate begins at 7 p.m. and will be shown on WHDH-TV (Channel 7), NECN, and CSPAN. Boston.com, bostonglobe.com, and “Political Intelligence” will provide this live blog in the runup to the event and during the candidate back-and-forth.

Glen Johnson of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.
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