Baker defeats Fisher to win GOP primary

BOSTON (WWLP) – Former healthcare executive Charlie Baker will again be the Republican party’s candidate for governor, as he has declared victory in the Republican primary for governor.

With 92% of precincts reporting, Baker was well ahead of Shrewsbury businessman Mark Fisher, leading 74% to 26%. Baker will face Martha Coakley, the winner of the Democratic nomination, as well as independent candidates Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, and Jeffrey McCormick in the November election.

Tuesday’s primary almost didn’t happen, as Fisher came just short of the 15% of delegates at the party convention in Boston, which were required to get on the ballot. Citing alleged irregularities at the convention, Fisher mounted a legal challenge, ultimately leading to an agreement that allowed him on the ballot. He positioned himself as a conservative alternative to the more moderate Baker, a former Swampscott selectman and official in the administration of Gov. William Weld back in the 1990s.

Baker, who ran unsuccessfully for governor against incumbent Deval Patrick in 2010, had far more name recognition than Fisher, and remained well ahead of his challenger in polls leading up to primary day.

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