CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Two weeks from right now many of you may be stopping by the polls on your way home from work, to cast your ballot in Massachusetts’ primary election.
The latest Suffolk University poll out this week shows Attorney General Martha Coakley leading the way in the race for Massachusetts governor with 42% voter support on the Democratic side. Treasurer Steve Grossman and Don Berwick trail behind with 30% and 16% respectively. These candidates will visit 22News Wednesday for an hourlong debate.
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Political consultant Tony Cignoli said debates can be game changers as the primary and general elections get closer. He recalled the US Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown.
“At the end of the campaign she hit Brown a couple times well. She scored and she was able to move the election in her direction from a debate. Some folks say debates don’t count, they definitely do. Especially at a time like this when it’s so close and there are so many undecided voters.” Political consultant Tony Cignol
22News talked to one of those undecided voters. She said she’d like to see the next governor be more open to new or different ideas.
“What I do find in Massachusetts is that it’s so one sided. It’s so democratic. There isn’t an opposing side. There isn’t an alternative side. That’s the issue I have.” Marie Cromwell from Longmeadow
On the Republican side of the race for governor, Charlie Baker is 60 points ahead of his GOP opponent Mark Fisher. The primary is Tuesday, September 9th. You can watch the live debate between the Democratic candidates Wednesday night at 8 on 22News.