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Baker enters governor’s race, Coakley weighs bid

As Republicans celebrate Charles D. Baker’s decision to run for governor, Attorney General Martha Coakley is edging closer to joining the Democratic gubernatorial race, turning to the state party’s leading political strategist to help assemble a potential campaign team.

Those developments, along with the possibility of a third major Democrat, US Representative Michael E. Capuano, jumping into the race marks a sudden acceleration of what has been until this post-Labor Day week a sleepy backwater of Massachusetts politics. A close Capuano adviser said the Democratic congressman has spent the summer lining up a media adviser, pollster, and fund-raising team.

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