Poll: Scott Brown leads Deval Patrick in hypothetical Senate match-up

Senator Scott Brown conceded the election for United States Senate to his challenger, democrat Elizabeth Warren, at his election results rally at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston on election day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Senator Scott Brown conceded the election for United States Senate to his challenger, democrat Elizabeth Warren, at his election results rally at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston on election day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Recently-defeated Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) is in position to beat Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, the preferred Democratic choice, to return to Senate, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The poll, conducted by MassINC polling Group, shows Brown has a 58 percent approval rating among Massachusetts voters.

In order to return to D.C., Brown would have to compete for the seat left vacant by presumed Secretary of the State nominee Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Brown leads every Democratic opponent (including his former foe Martha Coakley) in would-be match ups.

Gov. Patrick is the most competitive with Brown, but he still trails the Republican by 7 points in the poll.

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