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Poll shows Elizabeth Warren with a 7-point lead

A new poll released Tuesday shows Elizabeth Warren leading Senator Scott Brown by 7 percentage points, one of the Democratic challenger's largest leads in any poll taken in recent months.

The poll, by Suffolk University/News 7, was released a day after a Boston Globe poll showed a much tighter race, with Brown leading by 2 percentage points. The Globe poll showed an exact tie when including responses from voters who did not express an initial preference but said they were leaning in one direction.

The Suffolk poll showed Warren leading with 53 percent of the vote compared with 46 percent for Brown. The poll of 600 likely Massachusetts voters, interviewed by phone, was taken Oct. 25 through 28 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


"Elizabeth Warren is riding a final wave of momentum to the US Senate," David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said in a statement.

The poll suggests that Brown's attempt to paint Warren as untrustworthy and "not who she says she is" are not taking hold. Of those surveyed, 54 percent said she "is who she says she is" whereas 25 percent said she is not.

The Suffolk poll showed a much wider lead for President Obama over Mitt Romney — 63 percent to 31 percent — than the Globe poll, which showed Obama ahead by 14 percentage points.

Twelve of 16 polls taken in September and October showed Warren with a lead.

Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.