The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Massachusetts

massachusetts-stampIncumbent: Deval Patrick (D)

Primary Election: September 14, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: Incumbent Running
RATING: Likely Democratic Retention

RECENT ELECTION RESULTS:
2002 Result: Romney wins 50%-45%.
2006 Result: Patrick wins 56%-35%.

Massachusetts Governor’s Race: Headlines

Democrats:
Joe Avellone
Martha Coakley
Steve Grossman
Daniel Wolf
Deval Patrick (i) Web Site facebook YouTube twitter  flickr

Republicans:
Charlie Baker Web Site YouTube twitter
Christy Mihos Web Site YouTube twitter

Independent
Timothy Cahill Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr

Local Media/Blogs
Blue Mass Group (Democratic)
Mass Perspectives
Red Mass Group (Republican)

State Resources:
Massachusetts Elections Division

PollWatch:
Public Policy Polling: Dems favored for MA-Gov – unless Scott Brown runs (5/7/13)
Emerson College: Deval Patrick could beat Scott Brown in special senate contest (12/20/12)
Rasmussen: Patrick’s job approval numbers strong, 55-40% (10/11/12)
Suffolk U: Deval Patrick’s favorable rating at 54-37% (2/15/12)
Public Policy Polling: Patrick’s job approval numbers move into positive territory, 54-36% (6/8/11)
Suffolk U: Patrick has seven-point lead, 46-39% (10/28/10)
Rasmussen: Patrick holds slim lead over Baker, 46-44% (10/27/10)
UNH: Patrick leads Baker 43-39% (10/22/10)
Western New England College: Patrick leads by eight; Cahill support collapsing, Patrick 44%, Baker 36%, Cahill 8% (10/22/10)
Western New England College: Patrick maintains lead; Patrick 39%, Baker 33%, Cahill 16%, Stein 3% (9/23/10)
Boston Globe: Baker catches Patrick; Patrick 35%, Baker 34% (9/22/10)
Suffolk Univ: Patrick leads by seven, Patrick 41%, Baker 34%, Cahill 14%, Stein 4%, Undecided 6% (9/21/10)
Rasmussen: Baker closes gap as Cahill support collapses, Patrick 45%, Baker 42%, Cahill 5% (9/15/10)
Rasmussen: Patrick continues to hold slight advantage – Patrick 39%, Baker 34%, Cahill 18% (9/1/10)
Rasmussen: Race remains static, Patrick 38%, Baker 32%, Cahill 17% (7/22/10)
Rasmussen: Baker inches closer, Patrick 41%. Baker 34%, Cahill 16% (6/21/10)
Suffolk U: Patrick leads three-way contest – Patrick 42, Baker 29, Cahill 14 (5/25/10)
Rasmussen: Patrick support surges, Cahill collapses (5/10/10)
Western New Eng. College: Patrick 34%, Cahill 29%, Baker 27% (4/15/10)
Rasmussen: Patrick holds slight edge in three-way matchup (3/10/10)
Suffolk Univ: Baker within striking distance of Patrick in three-way contest (2/25/10)
Rasmussen: Patrick trailing Mihos, 40-35 (8/24/09)
Boston Globe/UNH: Patrick popularity plummets, 2010 guv race tight (July 27, 2009)
Rasmussen: Gov race referendum on incumbent (6/29/09)