Has there been a closer race for governor?

Baker won by the narrowest margin in 50 years

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Republican Charlie Baker won Tuesday’s gubernatorial election by a margin of about 40,000 votes, or a little less than 2%. While generally viewed to be among the “bluest” of states, Massachusetts has actually had some very competitive races for governor in recent years, with Republicans being elected several times. But has it ever been this close?

22News took a look back at gubernatorial elections for the past 50 years (Note that 1966 was the first time a governor was elected for a four-year term, instead of a two-year term). It turns out that Tuesday’s election was the closest since 1964, when Republican John Volpe eked out a 1% win over Democrat Frank Bellotti.

Here is a look at the margins for Massachusetts gubernatorial races, from the closest to the most lopsided:

  • 1964: Volpe (R): 50.3%, Bellotti (D): 49.3 – Difference: 1.0%
  • 2014: Baker (R): 48.5%, Coakley (D): 46.6% – Difference: 1.9%
  • 1990: Weld (R): 50.2%, Silber (D): 46.9% – Difference: 3.3%
  • 1998: Cellucci* (R): 50.8%, Harshbarger (D): 47.4% – Difference: 3.4%
  • 2002: Romney (R): 49.8%, O’Brien (D): 44.9% – Difference: 4.9%
  • 1978: King (D): 52.5%, Hatch (R): 47.2% – Difference: 5.3%
  • 2010: Patrick* (D): 48.4%, Baker (R): 42.0% – Difference: 6.4%
  • 1974: Dukakis (D): 53.5%, Sargent* (R): 42.3% – Difference: 11.2%
  • 1970: Sargent* (R): 56.7%, White (D): 42.8% – Difference: 13.9%
  • 2006: Patrick (D): 55.6%, Healey (R): 35.3% – Difference: 20.3%
  • 1982: Dukakis (D): 59.5%, Sears (R): 36.6% – Difference: 22.9%
  • 1966: Volpe* (R): 62.6%, McCormack (D): 36.9% – Difference: 25.7%
  • 1986: Dukakis* (D): 65.1%, Kariotis (R): 29.7% – Difference: 35.4%
  • 1994: Weld* (R): 70.9%, Roosevelt (D): 28.3% – Difference: 42.6%

The asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent:

 

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