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Dempsey, Driscoll, Galvin leading in Their Races, AG Primary about Even

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UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion conducted a survey from Aug. 15 to 26, 2022, of 800 Massachusetts likely Democratic primary voters about their feelings about the primary races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor and secretary of state.

Key Findings

  • In the race for lieutenant governor, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll leads with 33%, State Senator Eric Lesser trails at 23%, and State Representative Tami Gouveia is in third at 13% while 30% of voters reported being undecided and 2% ticked the “another candidate” box. 
  • The race between former Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell (32%) and Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan (30%) is close for attorney general.
  • Former Assistant Secretary of Transportation Chris Dempsey has opened a significant lead over State Senator Diana DiZoglio for state auditor with Dempsey leading 37% to DiZoglio’s 23%. However, the highest count of undecideds (37%) was recorded in the state auditor race and 3% of respondents chose “another candidate.” 
  • Incumbent Secretary of State Bill Galvin leads with 56% while Tanisha Sullivan has 21%, 22% of respondents stated they were undecided on the match.