An early poll on the Massachusetts Senate race shows Democrat Ed Markey with a 6 percentage point lead over Republican Gabriel Gomez, 42-36 percent.
They are vying to fille the seat vacated by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who earlier this year became Secretary of State.
Markey, a veteran Democratic congressman, is seen as the favorite in a state long considered friendly to Democrats. But Felix Chen, society president, said in a statement Gomez was enjoying a post-primary bounce.
"While the race is currently very close, it may only be a honeymoon period for the Republican who was a virtual unknown just a few months ago," he said in a press release.