In a recent Zogby poll Scott Brown and Barack Obama are statistically tied in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. The Boston Herald is reporting.
The online news site, newsmax.com, reported that Obama leads Brown by 46.5 percent to 44.6 percent among the 4,163 respondents in a poll with a plus or minus 1.5 percent margin of error. Independent voters, who helped propel Obama into office in 2008, favor Brown 48.6 percent to 36 percent.
Former Bush strategist Mark McKinnon told Newsmax, “The real problem for Obama is that he has lost the middle, and losing the middle means losing independents . . . if you lose independents, you’re going to lose the presidency.”
Brown caught the nation’s attention – and Obama’s – when he surged ahead of his widely favored Democratic opponent last week for the seat formerly held by the late Edward M. Kennedy. The upset has been seen as a referendum on Obama’s health-care reforms and even his presidency. Obama has been reacting to it since, previewing policy shifts to the center in tonight’s State of the Union speech.