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Mass. Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker, left, shakes hands with Democratic nominee Martha Coakley following a candidates forum at Faneuil Hall on Sept. 24, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Mass. Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker, left, shakes hands with Democratic nominee Martha Coakley following a candidates forum at Faneuil Hall on Sept. 24, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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The race for the corner office is just over a month away and a new WBUR tracking poll shows that the two major candidates are neck in neck. Democrat Martha Coakley leads Republican Charlie Baker by a three point margin, and her lead among women voters seems to be slipping.

Last week's WBUR poll gave Coakley a 24 point lead among women, but this week it's down almost 10 points. So what might this dip in support from women voters mean for Coakley? And how is Charlie Baker's stance on the issues this time around playing out on the campaign trail?

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Victoria Budson, executive director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program. The program tweets @wapppHKS.

Jim O’Sullivan, political reporter for The Boston Globe. He tweets at @JOSreports.

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WBUR: Baker-Coakley ‘Essentially A Tossup’

  • "A Boston Herald/Suffolk University poll gave Coakley a 1-point edge. A Boston Globe/Social Sphere survey showed Baker in the lead by 2 points. Other polls have seen similar results."

The Boston Globe: Charlie Baker’s Shifts Give Fodder To Democrats

  • "This year, Baker has worked to present a more liberal, more upbeat image on the campaign trail than in his 2010 bid. But his altered policy stances, say Democrats, hint at a candidate who is willing to say anything to win the hearts of voters."

This segment aired on October 1, 2014.

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