(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore has a double-digit lead over rival Bill Bradley in the March 7th Massachusetts Democratic primary contest, according to the latest Boston Globe poll. And as McCain's star rises with Massachusetts Independents and some Democrats, Bradley's seems to fade.
The survey of 400 likely Democratic voters, carried out February 22-24, shows Gore with 59 percent support to Bradley's 27 percent. The poll has a margin of error of five points.
In addition to his dominance over the traditional party base, Gore also leads Bradley among Independent voters who said they are likely to vote in the Democratic contest. Independents and disenchanted Democrats once formed the core of Bradley's support.
Bradley leads Gore in only one demographic group, among self-described conservatives, where he is ahead by a margin of 46 to 36 percent.
Gore is strongest among self-described liberals, who give him a nearly three to one nod, 67 to 24 percent.
With President Bill Clinton getting a "favorable" rating by 68 percent of those surveyed, voters in this traditionally Democratic stronghold are experiencing no symptoms of so-called "Clinton fatigue," and that's good news for Gore.
"Gore is perceived as inevitable," said KRC Communications Research President Gerry Chervinsky, whose company conducted the poll.
A full 80 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Gore, and that includes 50 percent who said they viewed him as "extremely favorable." Only10 percent of those surveyed said they had an unfavorable impression of the vice president.
Despite Gore's poll numbers, it seems that Massachusetts Democrats are not terribly excited about the primary, with 70 percent of likely Democratic voters telling pollsters they have the same interest or less interest in this race as they did in previous contests.
That may be due in part to the candidacy of Arizona Sen. John McCain. According to the Boston Globe poll, McCain has more admirers among Democrats than he does detractors, with 44 percent seeing him as favorable and 34 percent as unfavorable.
The number of Independents who favor McCain may be cutting into Bradley's support in the Bay State. "The Independents who have been for Bradley, by and large, are leaving the Democratic primary and heading out to vote for McCain," said Chervinsky.
"The people who are left now are really Democratic leaning. The race withered because the McCain train has gotten all the attention."