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State GOP Puts Support Behind Charlie Baker in Gubernatorial Race

Baker was officially nominated by his party at state’s republican convention this weekend.

Charlie Baker. Patch File Photo
Charlie Baker. Patch File Photo

Massachusetts Republicans officially nominated gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker in the race for governor at the state’s Republican Convention over the weekend in Boston.

Republican political consultant Charley Manning told the Boston Herald that Baker won overwhelmingly Saturday and that win frees him up to run his campaign for governor.

Baker formally announced last September he was taking another run for governor. Baker, a Swampscott resident, ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in a three-way race in 2010 with sitting Gov. Deval Patrick and Tim Cahill. Baker finished with 42 percent of the vote, compared to 48.4 percent for Patrick and 8 percent for Cahill.

The 2014 race has a heavy field of candidates including democratic candidate and Attorney General Martha Coakley who just last week was the favorite heading into the race, according to a WBUR-FM poll.

In that poll Coakley led Baker by a 15-point margin at 41-26 percent

The WBUR poll had state Treasurer Steven Grossman trailing Coakley by a 45-14 margin in the Democratic primary.

Seventy-five percent of people participating in that poll said they had never heard of Juliette Kayyem and Joseph Avellone, two more Democratic hopefuls.

The primary is set for Sept. 9. The general election is Nov. 4.
Charles Ochs March 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Good grief-you folks are pitifully ignorant ! About that 97 IQ divide thing--I rest my case.
Lenny March 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM
The problem is that you never had a "case" to rest in the first place. The more mature and experienced in life posters on this board have been attempting to explain to you that specious "studies" you find on the internet should not be the basis for how you form your opinions and interpret the world around you. It is folly to latch onto a result from a study that reputable research facilities will readily tell you is basically junk science, and believe those results to be unassailable. Try to use a bit of logic and common sense and reconsider how ridiculous it is to believe that "science" shows that IQ determines how an individual will vote.
Rob C March 29, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Maybe Charles is the exception that proves the rule when it comes to party and IQ. But then again, the voters of a party that for 40 years continuously elected a womanizing, alcoholic, murderer to the Senate and then canonize this same person as a role model in the women’s rights department aren’t really that bright, so I think that the whole “study” is flawed from the beginning.
Ken B. March 29, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Beyond the fact his claim has no merit, demos like Charles like to preach equality, but are the first to throw those on the south side of his magical "divide" under the bus. It doesn't matter if those people paint his house, grow or prepare his food, deliver his heating oil, or were his father's "brothers" at Normandy, or in the Leyte Gulf or Korea or Vietnam.....he is "better" than them.
John C. March 30, 2014 at 09:08 AM
How about using your some common sense to vote for the person regardless of the party, who you think will do the best job for the community. I know there doesn't appear to be much common sense behind many of the people that become elected and many times there aren't good choices but you have to go with what you have on your ballot and hope for the best.

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