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Dems Fear '10 Repeat as Coakley Drops in Mass. Governor Race

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 02:14 PM

Democrats are watching closely the Massachusetts governor's race amid fears their candidate, Martha Coakley, could lose the race much in the same way she lost a 2010 Senate contest in the decidedly blue state, TalkingPointsMemo.com reports.

Coakley is now running behind her Republican opponent, former health care industry CEO Charlie Baker, less than two weeks out from Election Day.

The polling gap is just 1 point, according to a weekly survey released by Boston public radio's WBUR, and the 43-42 percent figure falls within in the poll's margin of error.

New concerns have emerged, however, because Coakley is not connecting strongly enough with Democratic voters, noted Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, to WBUR.

"[Her support with Democrats] has been stuck at 66 or 67 percent going all the way back to early August, and it’s still at 66 percent this week," said Koczela, whose firm conducted the poll for WBUR.

Of her loss in momentum, he also told Talking Points: "It's one of several polls which over the last week or so have shown a movement toward Baker. Coakley has essentially been treading water while Baker's been climbing."

Other media accounts of the race seem to suggest that Coakley is handling the race well at the 11th hour. The Boston Globe, in a story headlined "Charlie Baker Struggles as Martha Coakley Finds Her Zone," reported her solid performance in the contest's first one-on-one televised debate on Tuesday.

"Coakley seems to be finishing strong. Until recently, her campaign strategy made her appear defensive. Wary of jeopardizing her front-runner status, Coakley coasted to her party’s nomination with gauzy appeals to key Democratic constituencies and vague promises to 'look at' this or that," wrote Globe columnist Dante Ramos.

"For the general election, another train wreck seemed possible. 'Martha Chokely,' a recent piece in Politico called her. On Tuesday, though, the few laugh lines belonged to her."

A RealClearPolitics polling average from Oct. 6-18 found Baker leading Coakley by 2.3 points in a race still called a toss-up.

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