With Primary Elections Over, Final Sprint To November Is On

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With the primary election behind us, the race for governor of Massachusetts is now set — and the final sprint to November is on. As expected, the Democrat, Attorney General Martha Coakley, prevailed Tuesday night, although the race was closer than expected. She finished just six points ahead State Treasurer Steve Grossman.

At a Democratic unity breakfast Wednesday in Boston, Coakley accepted the support of her vanquished opponents, and took aim at her Republican opponent, Charlie Baker.

"I could not be more excited about our ability to move forward and turn this economy around for everybody," said Coakley. "That is a vision we have that Republican Charlie Baker does not. We are going to speak for people that he maybe doesn't even know are here in Massachusetts."

For his part, Republican Charlie Baker campaigned in Boston Wednesday after trouncing his challenger, businessman and Tea Party advocate, Mark Fisher, by nearly 50 points Tuesday.

"The voters are going to have a clear choice this November," said Baker. "A choice between charting a new direction, or more of the same."

Baker and Coakley will be joined by three independents on the November ballot. Also, voters in the 6th Congressional district are preparing to select a new Congressman — now that Democrat Seth Moulton has defeated incumbent Congressman, John Tierney, he will take on the former Republican state Sen. Richard Tisei.


Susan Tracy, Democratic analyst and president of The Strategy Group.

Rob Gray, Republican analyst and consultant. He's also president of Gray Media. He tweets @GrayMediaGroup.


WBUR: What Martha Coakley And Charlie Baker Need To Do To Win

  • "As predicted, Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker won their respective primaries amidst a sickly showing at the ballot box on Tuesday."

WBUR: Interactive Map: Town-By-Town Results For 5 Key Mass. Primaries

  • "This map shows the results from five key statewide races on this Primary Day: Republican governor, Democratic governor, Democratic lieutenant governor, Democratic attorney general and Democratic treasurer."

This segment aired on September 10, 2014.


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