Coakley wins Democratic nomination for governor

BOSTON (WWLP) – In what has perhaps been the most closely-watched primary race in the state this year, Martha Coakley has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts.

berwick coakley grossmanWith 90% of precincts reporting, Coakley had 42% of the vote, compared with 37% for Steve Grossman and 21% for Don Berwick.

Coakley will go on to face Republican Charlie Baker and independent candidates Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, and Jeffrey McCormick in the November election.

Having served as the state’s attorney general since 2007 and running unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2010, Coakley had strong name recognition with voters, and had led in the polls for the entire race. Grossman, however, secured the Democratic Party’s endorsement at the state convention in Worcester in June, and he saw his poll numbers increase going into the final weeks of the race. Berwick, who positioned himself as the most liberal candidate in the race, never held elected office in Massachusetts and remained in a distant third in polling.

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