Massachusetts looks like they are about to elect another Republican governor:
Republican Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, 45 percent to 36 percent, according to a new Globe poll that depicts a far more comfortable advantage than either candidate for governor has enjoyed in months.
The poll reflects an October surge in independent voters toward Baker’s column. It was independents who provided Governor Deval Patrick with his margins of victory in 2006 and 2010.
Baker’s standing has improved from last week’s poll, which showed the two candidates dead even. It can be attributed largely to the gains he has made in voters’ perceptions of who would improve the economy and manage state government, areas that already were tilting his way. At the same time, Baker has offset the deficits he faced on issues such as education and health care, where Coakley still holds an edge, but a diminished one.
First things first- is there ANYTHING that can be done to make sure she never has a chance to blow another election for Democrats? Why do voters keep rejecting her for higher office? I watched a little clip of the debate between the two of them, and there were not any superficial reasons to vote against her, she seems smart, polite, competent and focused, which is exactly what you want from your governor. Is it all about taxes as the clip suggests?
Second, what is the deal with Charlie Baker? I read his wikipedia page, checked out his website, and he seems to be not a teahadist lunatic, but really, you can make a lot of crazy stuff sound reasonable on a website. Basically, is he an insane crazy person?
Something about Baker does remind me of William Weld.