BOSTON -- Republican challenger Richard Tisei has gained a 5-point lead over Democratic Congressman John Tierney in an Emerson College poll released on Wednesday.
Tisei is ahead 45 percent to 40 percent among likely voters in the 6th Congressional District, according to the Emerson College Polling Society. In an earlier poll in April, the race was tied at 44 percent.
Forty-four percent of women preferred Tierney, while 39 percent chose Tisei in the poll. However, a majority of men favored Tisei (51 percent) over Tierney (35 percent).
Tisei continues to grow his lead among Independents, jumping up to 54 percent compared to Tierney's 28 percent in the poll.
Tierney holds a solid lead in the Democratic primary, according to the poll, with 59 percent of likely Democrat primary voters saying they would vote for him, as compared to 17 percent for Seth Moulton, 9 percent for Marisa DeFranco, and 2 percent for John Devine. This latest poll shows a drop of 5 points for Tierney (64 percent) and a gain of 6 points for Moulton (11 percent) since the April poll.
The polling sample consisted of 253 likely voters, using an interactive voice response (IVR) system. The poll ran from June 12 to 18, with a 6.12 percent margin of error, and a 95 percent confidence level.
Area towns in the 6th Congressional District include Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury and Wilmington.
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