Gomez, Markey prep for 2nd Mass. US Senate debate
BOSTON (AP) -- Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey are gearing up for their second debate as President Barack Obama prepares to visit Massachusetts to whip up support for Markey in the state's special U.S. Senate election.
The one-hour Springfield debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the studios of WGBY-TV and will be broadcast live.
The pressure is on Gomez to give voters a compelling reason to support a GOP candidate in a state that typically elects Democrats.
The debate comes a day after a Suffolk University poll showed Markey has the backing of 48 percent of voters polled compared with 41 percent for Gomez.
Obama is scheduled to visit Boston on Wednesday to attend a rally for Markey at the Reggie Lewis Center in the city's Roxbury neighborhood.
The election is June 25.