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06/07/2013 02:42 am ET Updated Jun 07, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: NSA Phone Records Seizure 'Was An Absolute Overreach'

As Massachusetts' special election to fill Secretary of State John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat gains more national attention, Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez is taking a stand on a national issue.

Gomez weighed in on the NSA's surveillance of phone records, criticizing the program as an "absolute overreach" on Fox News, the Boston Globe reported.

The GOP candidate's remarks strayed from those of Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said he was "glad" the NSA is using phone records to combat terrorism. Gomez's view more paralleled those of his challenger, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who said he has "serious concerns," according to the Boston Herald.

With two weeks left before the June 25 Election Day, the Associated Press reported Thursday that the Markey-Gomez race has seen a flood of fundraising from Democratic sources, aiming to prevent a repeat of former Sen. Scott Brown's 2010 win for the GOP. President Barack Obama is among the names entering the fray, with plans to campaign for Markey on next week's docket, the AP reported Tuesday.

According to a New England College poll of 734 voters released Wednesday, Markey is holding a double-digit lead over Gomez, 52 to 40 percent. As of Thursday, HuffPost Pollster's compilation of 12 polls showed Markey holding a 48 to 39 percent edge.

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