The Washington Times - September 17, 2012, 08:56AM

Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has made up serious ground and taken the lead in her race against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown, according to two recent polls.

The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released a poll Monday that shows Mrs. Warren with support from 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 46 percent for Mr. Brown. A poll last month by the firm showed Mr. Brown with a 5-point lead.


A Western New England University poll released Sunday shows Mrs. Warren leading 50 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

The polls seem to indicate a major surge in support for Mrs. Warren as she hopes to unseat the moderate Republican senator, whom she narrowly trailed in most polls in recent months.

Pollsters suggest she has been able to gain ground by shoring up support from Democrats who were undecided or supported Mr. Brown.

According to state voter registration data this year, 36 percent of registered Massachusetts voters are Democrats, 11 percent are Republicans, and the other 53 percent are independent or belong to other parties.

Monday’s PPP poll used 38 percent Democrats, 17 percent Republicans and 45 percent independents or other party members.

Sunday’s WNEU poll used 37 percent Democrats, 14 percent Republicans and 49 percent independents.