Last month, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley launched her Democratic primary challenge to veteran Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville). The MassInc Polling Group, surveying the 7th District Democratic primary electorate for WBUR Public Radio in Boston (2/9-11; 402 MA-7 registered voters) found Rep. Capuano jumping out to an early 47-35% advantage when counting respondents who support and lean toward each candidate. Both individuals are highly rated. Rep. Capuano has a 60:7% favorability ratio, while Ms. Pressley scores a solid 42:7%.
There is a warning sign in this poll for the Congressman, however. Within the city of Boston, and Ms. Pressley holds one of the at-large seats, she leads Mr. Capuano, 46-35%. Outside of the city, the incumbent is dominant. He leads Ms. Pressley, 66-17%, among the 1/3 of the district’s constituency who reside outside of Boston.
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