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Charlie Baker Gaining Democratic Support Heading Toward Election Day

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

In an effort to gain an edge on undecided voters and to try to cut into the votes of a very Democratic Massachusetts, Charlie Baker has been making an attempt to align his campaign with influential Democrats.

Because there is no higher tickets race – like the President – all eyes are on the battle between Baker and Martha Coakley, something that many political pundits feel may give Baker yet another advantage.

“Right now the polls are suggesting a toss up,” said Erin O’Brien, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Boston. “But I think that Baker has the advantage of there not being a higher profile race on the ballot. There are also a lot of people who think that what happened to Coakley in losing to Scott Brown in 2010 may happen again against Baker.”

Three recent polls – conducted by Emerson College/WGBH, the Boston Globe, and WBUR - have Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley anywhere from two to six points apart, with two polls having Coakley on top and one poll favoring Baker.

Overwhelmed By Democratic Support

Baker has a long list of Democratic supporters for his campaign that include but are not limited to: John Barret, Former Mayor of North Adams, Guy Glodis, Former Sheriff of Worcester, Mike O'Brien, Former City Manager of Worcester, Corey Bellanger, City Councilor of Lowell, Ken Casey, singer for the Dropkick Murphys, and lifelong Democrat Jack Connors.

The wealth of Democratic support has really helped Baker’s image of running as a candidate that supports bipartisanship and as a Republican that Democrats can get behind.

“Democrats and independents are supporting Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito because of their positive vision to create good jobs across the Commonwealth and restore much needed balance and accountability to Beacon Hill,” said Jim Conroy, Baker’s campaign manager of the bipartisan support the Baker campaign has seen.

A Great Strategy

O’Brien believes that using bipartisanship as a platform and touting his Democratic support is ultimately a good move for Baker, saying that he won’t be able to use the same strategy that Martha Coakley is using in bringing in the big guns to support her campaign.

If Baker were to bring in Republican big guns – especially ones that are heavily aligned with right wing beliefs – because it would further separate him from the voters of Massachusetts. For Baker to win over the voters in the Commonwealth, he needs to pull himself as close to the center or the left in terms of political beliefs as possible.

“Baker really can’t bring is a comparable all-star team to the one that Coakley has been touting around,” said O’Brien. “Bringing in more Republicans to a Democratic leaning state would actually cause more harm than good for Baker. He is smart to go after Democrats, especially if he can convey a message that the Democratic party is divided about Coakley.”

 

Related Slideshow: MA Election Predictions: Political Experts Weigh In

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Paul Giorgio

GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™

MA Governor: Coakley

9th Worcester (House): Green

12th Worcester (House): Naughton Jr. 

17th Worcester (House): Belanger

Worcester Senate (Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex): Gobi

Worcester Senate (Worcester 1st): Chandler

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Chris Pinto

Worcester Republican City Committee

MA Governor: Baker

9th Worcester (House): Green

12th Worcester (House): Wyatt

17th Worcester (House): Belanger

Worcester Senate (Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex): Valenzola

Worcester Senate (Worcester, Norfolk): Fattman

Worcester Senate (Worcester 1st): Franco

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Bill McCarthy

Worcester Representative, Massachusetts Republican Party

MA Governor: Baker

9th Worcester (House): Muradian

12th Worcester (House): Wyatt

17th Worcester (House): Campanale

Worcester Senate (Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex): Valanzola

Worcester Senate (Worcester, Norfolk): Fattman

Worcester Senate (Worcester 1st): Franco

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Erin O'Brien

Associate Professor of Political Science, UMass Boston

MA Governor: “Right now, the polls are suggesting a toss up. I think that Coakley has the support of the numbers game; there are a lot more Democrats than Republicans in Massachusetts. But I think that Baker has the advantage of there not being a higher profile race on the ballot. There are also a lot of people who think that what happened to Coakley in losing to Scott Brown in 2010 may happen again against Baker.”

MA Attorney General: “I think that Maura Healey is the biggest star to emerge from this election cycle. I think that she will win by a large margin, by as much as 20-30 points.”

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Tobe Berkovitz

Associate Professor of Advertising, Boston University

“Right now, I think the governor’s race is too close to call. I think that Massachusetts sort of has a political burnout at the moment; I think that the Brown v. Warren race sucked the energy out of the politicos. And when you look at Baker and Coakley, both candidates are solid but neither is the definitive candidate that either party can fully stand behind.”

 
 

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