Massachusetts Senate race

A potential Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Ed Markey is a virtual tie. That’s the result of a Public Policy Polling survey that shows Brown with 48 percent and Markey with 45 percent.

The poll also showed Markey, of Malden,  as a big favorite over primary challenger Stephen Lynch, of Boston, by a 52-19 margin.

The special election slated for June is to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry, who has been confirmed as President Obama’s new secretary of state.