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GOP's Charlie Baker Takes Lead in Mass. Governor's Race

GOP's Charlie Baker Takes Lead in Mass. Governor's Race
Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. (Mark M. Murray/The Republican/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 24 October 2014 08:59 AM

Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is pulling ahead of his Democratic rival, Martha Coakley, leading to speculation that a Coakley loss would be eerily reminiscent of her 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate, according to Talking Points Memo.

"National Democrats are haunted by memories of Martha Coakley's unforced stumbles and missteps in 2010, which cost them a U.S. Senate seat in one of the country's bluest states," TPM states.

"Four years later, the Massachusetts attorney general might be about to blow another major contest: the race to succeed Deval Patrick as governor."

The most recent Boston Globe poll shows Baker with a comfortable 9-point lead — 45 percent to 36 percent — the largest margin by either candidate in months. Independent voters, according to the Globe, have skewed toward Baker. Independents were also responsible for Patrick, a Democrat, winning the office in 2006 and again in 2010.

A poll conducted by WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio station, indicates the race is much tighter, showing Baker with just a 1-point lead, though pollster Steve Koczela told WBUR that the momentum is clearly with Baker, who has been climbing in the polls while Coakley is "treading water."

Men, unenrolled voters, and the Bay State’s upper-income residents are breaking in Baker’s favor, while "at the same time, the WBUR survey shows Coakley has failed to muster support among key groups, such as registered Democrats."

"[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," Koczela said.

A week ago, according to the Globe, Baker and Coakley were locked in a dead heat.

Baker’s gains can be attributed to voters’ evolving perception that he possesses the knowledge and expertise to improve the economy and manage state government. He has also managed to make gains in areas considered Coakley’s strong suits, namely education and healthcare, the Globe reports.

"There is just positive movement in every single metric we can ask around Baker," pollster John Della Volpe told the Globe. "The more voters have gotten to know him, the stronger he performs."

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Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is pulling ahead of his Democratic rival, Martha Coakley, leading to speculation that a Coakley loss would be eerily reminiscent of her 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate, according to Talking Points Memo.
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