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A new Suffolk poll in Massachusetts finds that a majority of Bay State residents — 55 percent — indeed think that state’s law should be changed to allow Deval Patrick to appoint an interim replacement for the late Ted Kennedy.

Far more shocking, though, is the following:

Q8. Is your opinion of Curt Schilling generally favorable or generally
unfavorable?
N= 500 100%
Never heard .................................... 1 58 12%
Favorable ...................................... 2 143 29%
Unfavorable .................................... 3 195 39%
Heard of/Undecided ............................. 4 104 21%

That’s right. A plurality of Massachusetts registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Curt Schilling, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher and World Series hero who has been a somewhat outspoken — although moderate — Republican, and who at one point was contemplating a run for Kennedy’s seat.

This is one state, evidently, where blue blood runs thicker than red. If Schilling wants to become a senator, he’d have a far better chance in New Hampsire, where he now makes his residence.

Red Sox owner John Henry, incidentally, is one of the relatively few owners of a major sports franchise who is an outspoken Democrat (remember, the demographic here is rich older white dude).

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