Massachusetts - Governor

as of October 31

The Candidates

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Deval Patrick

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: July 31, 1956
  • Residence: Milton, MA

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Charlie Baker

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: November 13, 1956
  • Residence: Swampscott, MA

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Tim Cahill

  • Independent
  • Birthdate: December 1, 1958
  • Residence: Quincy, MA

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Previous Results

    Massachusetts Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Deval Patrick DEM 1,234,984 55.7%
    Kerry Healey REP 784,342 35.4%
    Christy Mihos IND 154,628 7%
    Grace Ross GRE 43,193 1.9%

    U.S. President: Massachusetts (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 1,904,097 62.1%
    John McCain REP 1,108,854 36.2%
    Ralph Nader IND 28,841 0.9%
    Bob Barr LIB 13,189 0.4%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 6,550 0.2%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 4,971 0.2%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 31, 2010

New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

Lean-D (was Toss-up)

    Oct 1, 2010

    New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

    Toss-up (was Lean-D)

      Sep 1, 2010

      Patrick Has Edge, But Third Candidate Could Prove A Spoiler

      Deval Patrick (D), elected in 2006, is seeking a second term after an uneven first. Four years ago he made history, becoming just the second African-American elected governor, succeeding Mitt Romney, who left after one term to seek the presidency. A combination of a poor economy and an assortment of personal gaffes led to falling polling numbers.

      Republicans have been high on the chances of Charlie Baker, a health care executive, to oust Patrick in November. But Baker's task is complicated by the presence of a third candidate in the race, state Treasurer Tim Cahill, who quit the Democratic Party to run as an independent. Cahill, who is popular with Democrats and Republicans alike, has the potential to split the opposition to Patrick, which would re-elect the governor. But as a longtime Democrat, he also could divide his party and elect Baker. -Ken Rudin

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