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Top row: Martha Coakley (left), Charlie Baker. Bottom row from left: Jeff McCormick, Evan Falchuk, and Scott Lively.

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Top row: Martha Coakley (left), Charlie Baker. Bottom row from left: Jeff McCormick, Evan Falchuk, and Scott Lively.

Everything you need to know about the race for governor

It’s been a long, long campaign. Voters can be forgiven if they tuned out once or twice along the way. But with the election just days away, it’s time to plug back in.

Democratic candidate for Governor Martha Coakley took her dogs for a quick walk before leaving her home early Saturday morning on Oct.25, for a full day of campaigning.

Dina Rudick/Globe staff

PHOTOS | Down to the wire

One recent day with Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley appealed for votes in Lowell, posed for photographs with supporters in Lawrence, and attended a forum in Boston.

Charlie Baker leaves Fourth Presbyterian Church after a gubernatorial candidate forum hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

PHOTOS | Down to the wire

One recent day with Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker went to an interfaith forum in Boston, met with his staff in Brighton, and schmoozed with voters on Castle Island.

Tracking the stories that the Massachusetts political community is talking about on Twitter.
Each week SocialSphere, in partnership with The Boston Globe, ranks the most influential political voices on Twitter.

Capital Source

// Weld’s bipartisan picks

William F. Weld, the quirky former Republican governor, has endorsed two Democratic legislative candidates.

Evan Horowitz

// In Mass., a deepening economic pessimism

It’s not just about the election. Voters’ mood can provide some guidance to whomever becomes our next governor.

Shirley Leung

// On the trail of a little personality

For Martha Coakley, shoes are where the personality shines though. On Twitter, throwback photos of Charlie Baker show his fun side.

Trail mix

A last look at the choices for governor

Here’s a look at where the major candidates for governor, Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker, stand on some key issues.

Good week, bad week

One thing Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker agree on, and a bad week for the sons of a certain fisherman.

Time machine

Booze with your ballot and polite polling

Stories from the Globe archives reveal Election Day news isn’t all about the votes.

Lexicon: Political vocabulary

A political term of the week, defined.


Quotes and quips from the world of Massachusetts politics.

One of the offices that the Deval Patrick administration says will be used by the staff of the incoming governor during the transition.

Jim Davis/Globe staff

Quietly, a high-tech gubernatorial transition is underway

When polls close across Mass. Tuesday night, even before the votes are tallied, the apparatus of state government will be ready for the winner.



Scot Lehigh

Take polls with a grain of salt

It’s important to realize that all polls sound much more precise than they are.


Super PAC leaders who ‘approve’ all of those negative ads

A friendly face only tells part of the story.

Governor Deval Patrick campaigning for Martha Coakley earlier this month in Boston.

joan vennochi

Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley: A boost, but also a burden

For Coakley, it’s guilt by association. But it’s an association she cannot afford to end.

Negative ads, mistrusted pols: How some voters view Campaign 2014

There are pundits and polls, and then there are people.

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on campaigning in a Republican state and a possible Jeb Bush run for the White House.

Globe reporters

Recent work from Boston Globe political reporters.


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Globe political quiz

// Capital quiz: Congressional delegation edition

All nine members of the Massachusetts delegation to the US House are up for reelection on Nov. 4. See how much you know about them and their campaigns.

The 2014 election

Special section


Get full Boston Globe coverage and analysis of the 2014 elections.

Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O’Sullivan writes about politics for The Boston Globe. Previously, he was White House correspondent and chief analyst for National Journal in Washington, D.C.

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

Policy writer

Recent work from Evan Horowitz, the Globe's policy writer.


Globe opinion writers

Recent work from Boston Globe columnists.


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Watch this season’s full debates held by Boston Globe Opinion.

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