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article imageRepublican catches Democrat in Massachusetts gubernatorial race

By Larry Clifton     Jul 18, 2014 in Politics
Boston - In the true-blue liberal state of Massachusetts, a Boston Globe poll released Friday shows gubernatorial candidates Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley in a statistical tie.
Some analysts say the close race In a state ran by Democrats suggests voters are fatigued by scandals swirling around the Obama administration including an ongoing border crisis and a collapse in Middle East foreign policy.
The poll shows Coakley with 39 percent of likely voters while Baker is at 36 percent, the closest the two have been in a major survey to date.
The finding is based on a telephone survey of 605 likely voters on July 7-8 and 13-15. The three-point margin between candidates is within the poll’s four point margin for error.
Mr. Baker is a former hospital executive and Ms. Coakley is the Democrat whom in 2010 lost a bid for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by liberal icon Edward M. Kennedy to little-known Republican Scott Brown.
The current Democrat governor, Deval Patrick, has declined to run for a third term.
Meanwhile, Coakley faces a three-way primary that she currently leads according to polls. Although Coakley is expected to cruise to her party’s nomination with little competition from her rival Democrats, the new poll cast doubt on her ability to beat a Republican in the blue state of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts, home to an overwhelming majority of Democratic Party voters, has had four Republican governors including Mitt Romney who became the 2012 Republican presidential candidate.
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