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The city as a whole went heavily Democratic in statewide races. In fact, all of the state's largest cities went for Coakley, if not all at the same 66-30 margin Boston gave her. But that wasn't enough to overcome Baker's wins across the suburbs and exurbs between 128 and I-91.
Carlo Basile beat Celeste Ribeiro Myers to retain his state rep's seat in East Boston.
Up on the North Shore, Seth Moulton won the 6th District congressional seat. State House News Service quotes him:
We can expand the Blue Line to Lynn.
Shane notices that the image Bing is using for posting results tonight has Treasurer Tim Cahill running against Martha Coakley.
Seems the crack investigative reporters at the Globe can't find the fisherman whose tale in 2009 or 2010 moved Charlie Baker to tears the other day.
Baker on Thursday acknowledged that he may have misstated some of the particulars of the story he told tearfully during a debate this week. That, in turn, has complicated efforts to locate the man whose hardships, in Baker’s retelling, produced one of the most remarkable moments in this year’s race for governor.
A Globe poll shows Baker with a 9-point lead, due mainly to independents settling on him as their candidate. It's the first poll to show such a wide gap between Baker and Coakley.
National media has glommed onto the Chokely meme, but ya know, one could make the case that Baker's a choker of a loser, too.
Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for treasurer proves his tightness with the dollar with an ad that seems to be made by his family, although it was really produced by an ad agency in Virginia.
Coakley and Baker discussed the economy, education and transportation at a debate just for them.
A pollster type discusses why a tight race in the polls would be good for Coakley.
WBUR explores why the governor's race is so sleepy:
Even in their affects, the candidates seem to be veering closer. Baker looks determined to ease back from the more combative posture that is his nature, while Coakley is struggling to dial things up beyond a just-the-fact mien that fits her prosecutor’s background, but isn't an asset in a candidate for governor. If the convergence continues, by November we may just be referring to the duo as "Chartha" or "Marlie."
Three weeks left in the campaign, and not much will probably change in the race for governor from here on in, David Bernstein writes.
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