The race for outgoing Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney's seat is neck-and-neck, according to a poll conducted for a Republican group that plans to spend $500,000 on the race.
American Unity PAC, a super PAC that backs Republicans who support same-sex marriage, released a poll conducted by Voter Consumer Research showing Republican former state Sen. Richard Tisei with a 2-point edge -- within the poll's margin of error -- in the race for Tierney's seat. Tisei led Marine Corps veteran Seth Moulton, who beat Tierney in the September Democratic primary, 44 percent to 42 percent. The survey polled 400 likely voters from Oct. 6th to Oct. 9th and had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.
Jeff Cook-McCormac, a senior advisor for the PAC, said in the statement that it would spend "at least $500,000" backing Tisei, and called on other groups to also jump in the race.
"Richard Tisei is leading and poised to win this race; we look forward to others joining the fight," he said.
Tisei is one of only three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this cycle. The group is also backing former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio in California's 52nd District, and supported former University of New Hampshire business school Dean Dan Innis, who lost in the Republican primary in New Hampshire's 1st District, among other Republicans who back same-sex marriage.