Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Last primary elections today

According to the Green Papers, the last primaries of the year will be held today in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.  Here is a story about one of those elections that turns into a pumpkin today from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell: Poll: Coakley leads race for governor.
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LOWELL, Mass. – With just a week to go before the Democratic primary in Massachusetts, Martha Coakley has a commanding lead over all other candidates in the race for the party’s nomination for governor, according to a new UMass Lowell/7News poll released today.

Coakley, the current Massachusetts attorney general, has a 32 point lead (52 percent to 20 percent) among likely Democratic primary voters over fellow candidate state Treasurer Steve Grossman and an even greater margin over former federal health-care administrator Donald Berwick with 9 percent and 19 percent undecided in the independent, nonpartisan poll. Conducted from Aug. 25 through Aug. 31 for the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion and 7News, the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.55 percent among likely Democratic primary voters.

“Coakley is now a prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination. Her support is still somewhat soft, but Steve Grossman’s campaign has simply not captured the attention of a largely unengaged Democratic primary electorate,” said Prof. Joshua Dyck, co-director of the Center for Public Opinion, who wrote and analyzed the poll, which is the first in a new partnership between UMass Lowell and 7News.
The last time I saw Martha Coakley's name mentioned in connection with an election, she lost to Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.  That turned out O.K., as it led to Elizabeth Warren winning that seat.  I'd much rather have Warren there and Coakley as Governor.   As for pretty boy Brown, he's running for Senate in New Hampshire now.  May that carpetbagger lose to Jeanne Shaheen in November.

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