2014 Gubernatorial Race

Baker, Coakley Face Off In Gubernatorial Debate

October 21, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker sparred on jobs, schools and services for families and children during a televised gubernatorial debate.

Commentary: Can Charlie Baker Dodge Pay-To-Play Bullet On N.J. Connection?

October 21, 2014

The episode is a peek into how business is done when no one’s looking, says Dan Payne.

Evan Falchuk: Seeking To Build An Independent Party

October 21, 2014
(Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Independent Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk is having difficulty gaining traction in the polls.

Why It Could Pay Off For Charlie Baker To Focus In On Boston

October 21, 2014
Republican governor's candidate Charlie Baker announces his urban agenda at his headquarters in Roxbury on Oct. 15. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has spent a lot of time wooing Boston voters in this election. And you might wonder why, since Boston consistently votes Democratic.

Changing Demographics Of Mass. Cities Narrow Baker’s Path To Victory

October 21, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker talks with reporters after speaking to members of The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston in Roxbury Monday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Demographic churn is turning an already narrow Republican path to statewide victory into a tightrope walk.

Massachusetts Tech Sector Feels Its Growing Weight In Politics

October 21, 2014

Tech trade organizations aren’t backing any particular candidate in the governor’s race, but workers are experiencing somewhat of a political awakening.

Scott Lively: Running To Restore Biblical Worldviews

October 20, 2014

The election for Massachusetts governor is just about two weeks away, and the polls show that independent candidate Scott Lively has the most ground to make up.

Baker, Coakley Debate Issues At UMass Dartmouth

October 18, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican nominee Charlie Baker are both pledging support for the extension of commuter rail to the state’s south coast region, but differ on what it would take to pay for the project.

WBUR Political Analysts Discuss Impact Of High Profile Visits In Governor’s Race

October 17, 2014

The governor’s race kicked into high gear this week with two national political heavyweights hitting the campaign trail.

Finding An Edge: Mass. Gubernatorial Candidates Scramble To Boost Campaigns

October 17, 2014

Nearly every political poll shows the race for governor of Massachusetts is essentially tied, which means Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to find an edge as election day creeps closer.

Commentary: The Dubious Power Of Big Foot

October 17, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton rallied supporters for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Thursday. (Courtesy of Coakley campaign via Facebook)

On Thursday, two national political Big Feet jumped into the campaign for governor — former President Bill Clinton for Democrat Martha Coakley, and former Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP’s Charlie Baker. Yet neither will affect the outcome.

Clinton Stumps For Coakley; Baker Cites Lawsuit

October 16, 2014

Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor Martha Coakley is hoping her campaign will get a boost from a visit by former President Bill Clinton.

Mush In The Middle: Baker And Coakley Balk At Drawing Sharp Distinctions

October 16, 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)

The major party candidates have been tame when it comes to setting out forceful positions, argues Michael Jonas.

Poll Vault: WBUR Tracking Poll Election Dashboard

October 15, 2014

Our interactive of our latest WBUR poll, by The MassINC Polling Group.

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar On Outsourcing

October 15, 2014

Democrats stepped up their criticism of GOP gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker on Wednesday over claims that as head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, he allowed 200 jobs to be outsourced to India, while Republicans denounced the attack as misleading.

WBUR Poll: Coakley Keeps Slim Lead

October 15, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley leads Republican Charlie Baker 42-39 in the Massachusetts governor’s race, according to a new WBUR weekly tracking poll.

Coakley, Baker Criticize Charter School Decision

October 14, 2014

Both Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker called on the state Board of Education to reverse a ruling that all but eliminated Commonwealth charter school applicants in Brockton and Fitchburg.

Martha Coakley's Problems With The Base

October 14, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is the front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial race, and maintains a lead in hypothetical general election matchups. She's seen here in a June file photo. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Three weeks before Election Day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is still struggling to close the sale with the state’s Democratic base.

Commentary: Debates Could Determine A Close Gov’s Race, But Are Voters Watching?

October 10, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley, shake hands before a debate. (Elise Amendola/AP)

So far, the debates have raised more questions than answers.

Commentary: Super PAC Ad A Turning Point For Whom?

October 10, 2014
Martha Coakley greets supporters as she arrives at the WBZ studios in Boston for a debate Tuesday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

It’s no surprise that the Coakley campaign decided to seize on a pro-Baker super PAC ad as a way to rekindle her cooling campaign.

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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