2014 Gubernatorial Race

Democratic Incumbent Rep. Keating Faces Stiff Challenge

October 31, 2014
John Chapman, left, is challenging U.S. Rep. William Keating in the 9th Congressional District. (Courtesy of the campaigns)

Republican John Chapman, an attorney who served in the Reagan White House and the Romney administration, claims Keating is failing on issues of jobs, immigration and health care.

Coakley Says Baker Should Answer Questions Around Fisherman Story

October 31, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker answers questions Friday afternoon at his campaign headquarters in Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley is calling on her Republican opponent Charlie Baker to offer specifics about a story he told in their debate Monday.

Final Polls Show A Clearer Edge For Baker

October 31, 2014

Nine of the last 10 public, nonpartisan polls have now shown an edge for Republican Charlie Baker.

Coakley Tries To Clarify Debate Response On Campaign Trail

October 30, 2014

As Republican Charlie Baker faces questions over a tearful response during the front-runner candidates’ final televised debate, his opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley, is also trying to clarify one of her debate answers.

Questions Surface About Baker’s Tearful Debate Answer

October 30, 2014

Questions are bubbling up about the tears shed thsi week by Republican candidate Charlie Baker. He and his opponent, Democrat Martha Coakley, are trying to campaign flawlessly for the final days before the election.

Gov’s Race Polls Offer Little Consistency

October 30, 2014

If you are confident in your prediction for Tuesday, I’d suggest caution.

WBUR Poll Shows Which Voting Blocs Have Shifted Toward Baker

October 30, 2014

Our polling shows that Coakley’s support has stayed mostly flat, while Baker has climbed up to meet her. Here’s how he closed the gap.

What Do Coakley And Baker Have In Store For The Arts?

October 30, 2014

Gubernatorial candidates Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley stake out positions on the arts.

Baker Fisherman Story Rooted In 2010 Campaign

October 29, 2014

Republican Charlie Baker’s tearful debate story Tuesday night about a fisherman from New Bedford and his two sons dates back to 2010 campaign.

Commentary: Baker Wins Debate By ‘Losing It’

October 29, 2014
Charlie Baker, following Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate (Steven Senne/AP)

In the final gubernatorial debate, Republican Charlie Baker cried in recalling an encounter he had with a fisherman.

WBUR Political Analysts Discuss Final Days Of Mass. Governor’s Race

October 29, 2014

In a race that’s too close to call, Coakley and Baker are both working to highlight their differences and disagreements. Democratic strategist Dan Payne and Republican strategist Todd Domke discuss the final days of the race and Tuesday’s emotional debate.

Baker And Coakley Face Off In Emotional Final Debate

October 29, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, moments before a debate at WCVB-TV studios in Needham Tuesday (Steven Senne, Pool/AP)

On Tuesday night, gubernatorial hopefuls Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley squared off in their last broadcast debate. It was an emotional one.

Issues And Polls: A Post-Debate Primer

October 29, 2014

With last night’s final televised debate behind them and less than a week until Election Day, WBUR’s analyzed its and others’ pre-election tracking polls to see how voters view Baker and Coakley on key issues.

WBUR Poll: Baker Keeps Slim Lead Over Coakley

October 28, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

The final WBUR pre-election tracking poll shows the race for governor remains a virtual tie, with Republican Charlie Baker leading Democrat Martha Coakley by 1 point.

Baker, Coakley To Have Final Broadcast Debate

October 28, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley participate in a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce debate. WBUR's Bob Oakes, right, moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Tuesday night’s debate between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will be broadcast on WBUR.

Coakley, Baker Go On Offensive In Latest Debate

October 28, 2014

With the election just one week away now, the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates are turning on the heat.

5 Key Policy Differences Between Baker And Coakley

October 28, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker stand together at a Greater Boston Interfaith Organization candidates forum at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Boston on Sunday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Here’s how the leading gubernatorial candidates have set themselves apart on early education, higher ed, earned sick time, welfare reform and climate change.

Coakley, Baker Spar In Next-To-Last TV Debate

October 28, 2014

Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley sharpened their attacks on each other during their next-to-last televised debate for Massachusetts governor.

In Massachusetts, A Race For Governor, Redemption

October 27, 2014

For Democrat Martha Coakley, the governor’s race in Massachusetts is more than just a contest for the state’s top political office. It’s also a quest for political redemption. Republican Charlie Baker is also seeking redemption after failing to unseat Deval Patrick four years ago, when the governor appeared vulnerable.

Midterm Voters A More Favorable Electorate For Baker

October 27, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, right, stops by Eagle's Deli in Boston Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Just as nationally, the voters showing up at the polls in Massachusetts next week are likely to be older, whiter, wealthier, and more suburban than the voters who cast ballots in presidential years.

Where Baker, Coakley Stand On Health Care

October 27, 2014
Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker, before a televised debate Tuesday in Boston (Barry Chin/Boston Globe/Pool/AP)

Where do the gubernatorial candidates stand on some of the key concerns in health care? Here’s a summary of Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker’s plans.

Commentary: Independent Voters — Trick or Treat

October 27, 2014

As we enter the final week of the campaign for governor, the outcome will be determined by independent voters, Dan Payne says.

All 9 Candidates For Mass. Gov: Where Do They Stand On Health Care?

March 13, 2014
Last time around: Gubernatorial candidates in 2010 (and moderator Jon Keller, center). Photo: AP.

Massachusetts can expect an interesting race for governor this year when it comes to positions on health care: A blogger has just rounded up the views of all nine candidates.

Avellone Focuses On Education, Jobs In Bid For Governor

October 17, 2013
Joe Avellone speaks at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

The health care executive and former surgeon is pushing for changes to the way health care systems operate and changes to higher education as a way to fill jobs in fast-growing fields in Massachusetts.

Berwick Wants To Shift From Health Policy To Governor

October 16, 2013
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Dr. Donald Berwick at WBUR. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The former head of Medicare and Medicaid wants to plunge back into politics, drawing on his health care expertise to tackle broader issues.

Juliette Kayyem: Candidate For Governor

October 15, 2013
Democrat Juliette Kayyem in the Radio Boston studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

As a Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts, Kayyem hopes to bring her experience to bear on the problems facing the Bay State. She’s a former columnist for the Boston Globe, and as a former cable news terrorism expert, she’s comfortable in front of the camera. Now, she’s here in front of a microphone to talk about her vision for the state.

Independent Candidate Falchuk Lays Out Vision For Three Parties

October 10, 2013
Evan Falchuk is a candidate running for governor. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The health care businessman advocates for a new day of collaboration beyond red and blue in the governor’s race.

Coakley Makes Her Case For Governor

October 09, 2013
Attorney General Martha Coakley in the Radio Boston studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the latest in our series of conversations with the gubernatorial candidates, Attorney General Martha Coakley talks about her failed Senate bid and key issues for Massachusetts.

Baker Renews Bid For Governor With Fresh Eyes

October 08, 2013
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker and his wife Lauren outside their home in Swampscott, Mass. (AP/Steven Senne)

The only Republican in the gubernatorial race reflects on his 2010 loss and lays out his vision for Massachusetts.

Grossman Lays Out Vision For Massachusetts

October 07, 2013
Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman speaks at the state Democratic Convention in Lowell. (AP/Michael Dwyer)

In the first of a series of conversations wit the gubernatorial candidates, we talk with the state treasurer about his bid for governor.

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