Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley is trailing GOP rival Charlie Baker by 9 percentage points in the deep blue Bay State, raising memories of her deeply flawed 2010 Senate bid just a week and a half before Election Day.
A new Boston Globe poll released Friday suggests Baker is pulling 45 percent support to Coakley's 36 percent among likely voters, the widest margin any poll has shown for either candidate since September. A poll released last week had the two neck-to-neck, with 41 percent support each.
“There is just positive movement in every single metric we can ask around Baker,” SocialSphere executive John Della Volpe, who conducted the poll, told the Globe. “The more voters have gotten to know him, the stronger he performs.”
The Democratic establishment in Massachusetts largely threw its support behind Coakley's gubernatorial bid. Both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are slated to appear with Coakley this morning in Boston.
The survey of 500 likely voters in the Bay state was conducted by telephone between Oct. 19 and 22. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.