11:43 am Oct. 19, 20121
A new poll released yesterday from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Elizabeth Warren opening up a nine-point lead over Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race.
It's the largest lead of the campaign for Warren, who has gained three points since they polled the race last week.
Brown's approval rating is evenly split, 46 percent to 45 percent who disapprove of his job performance. And Warren has opened up leads with most age and gender demographics, including among male voters, 50 percent to 48 percent.
The sudden lead is good news for Democrats, who have seen sure-things in Connecticut and Pennsylvania become close contests in recent weeks.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just reported a record $29.2 million quarter, with more than $15 million raised in September alone. But the less they can spend in Massachusetts, which has already become the most expensive Senate race in history, the more they'll be free to influence other races.
The Massachusetts Senate race has become something of a cause in New York too. Liberal donors—rich and (relatively) poor—have flocked to Warren's throwback progressivism, while the financial services industry has stocked Brown's coffers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently hosted Brown for a fund-raiser, and though the senator's name wasn't floated among the congressional candidates Bloomberg plans to boost with his new super PAC, the mayor spoke favorably of him in that context this morning.