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Poll Shows Koh With Slight Lead In 3rd District Race

Aug 24, 2018 05:04AM ● By Bill Gilman

With less than two weeks to go before the Democratic Primary on Sept. 4, a few candidates have started to separate from the crowded field of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to Congress in the 3rd Mass. District.

According to a poll conducted earlier this month by the Boston Globe and UMass-Lowell, 33-year-old Dan Koh, former Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, leads among likely Democratic voters at 19 percent. State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, 2nd Essex-Middlesex, and former Ambassadord to Denmark Rufus Giffords, were tied for second with 13 percent each.

None of the other seven candidates in the race were above 8 percent.

While the poll was good news for Koh, L'Italien and Giffords, the poll also showed that a full 27 percent of the respondents said they were still undecided.

L'Italien said she was encouraged by the poll results and was confident she had the support to post a win in the hotly contested primary.

“The fact that we’re here even with everything that’s been thrown at us tells you a lot about what people in this district are looking for," she said. "I’m the only candidate in the field with real legislative experience, and I have the strongest progressive track record. Even with all the noise, that’s making a difference."

The telephone survey of 553 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted Aug. 14 through Tuesday. It has a margin of error of 5.2 percentage points.

The winner of the Sept. 4 primary will advance to the general election in November to take on Republican Rick Green for the right to succeed retiring Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

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