BOSTON — A new WBUR poll shows Democrat Seth Moulton leading Republican Richard Tisei 47-39 in the race to succeed Massachusetts U.S. Rep. John Tierney in the state’s 6th Congressional District.
Both men ran as “agents of change” against Congressman Tierney, but with their common foe no longer in the fight, the tenor of the North Shore race is changing.
These days, Moulton, a former U.S. Marine, who beat 18-year incumbent Tierney in the September Democratic primary, is trying to win over the Democratic establishment, courting activists, unions and politicians.
Last weekend, he visited the Cape Ann Democratic headquarters in Gloucester. And, as the Democratic nominee for governor Martha Coakley stood beside him to help rally the troops, Moulton said he would strive to earn the votes of Democrats who had not voted for him.
“I know that many of you did support Congressman Tierney in the primary, and I respect that, and I’m gonna work hard to earn your support … But, the one thing I would ask is that you help me earn it quickly, because we don’t have a lot of time,” he told the crowd of Democratic enthusiasts, who laughed in response.
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