A new poll from Suffolk University and Channel 7 has "someone else" beating US Sen. John Kerry this fall, 51-38. That same entity is ahead of Gov. Deval Patrick, who is up for re-election in 2010, by a 41-39 margin.
Neither man is likely to be panicking yet, given that an early 1994 poll had "someone else" beating US Sen. Ted Kennedy easily, 52-38. Kennedy beat his actual Republican opponent that year (Mitt Romney) by 17 points.