GOP’s Baker stockpiling money in race for governor

BOSTON (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has been busy stockpiling money for the November general election.

As of mid-August, Baker had nearly $1.2 million left in his campaign account. That’s more than twice as much as the nearest Democrat, Martha Coakley, who had nearly $565,000 in her account. She was followed by fellow Democrats Don Berwick, who had about $527,000 left in cash, and Steve Grossman with about $222,000.

Baker, who overwhelming won his party’s endorsement, is also enjoying lopsided support from supporters in his own primary. His GOP rival, the tea party-affiliated Mark Fisher, had just $30,000 left in his account as of mid-August.

Baker is also benefiting from the support of a super PAC and from the fundraising prowess of his hand-picked running mate, former Shrewsbury state Rep. Karyn Polito.

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