SHNS CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK - MORNING EDITION - FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2014
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
POLL: BAKER, COAKLEY NOW IN DEAD HEAT
Republican Charlie Baker held a one-point advantage over Martha Coakley, 38-37, within the 4 percent margin of error, in the latest polling on the 2014 Massachusetts governor's race. The poll showed Coakley with a 22-point lead over her nearest Democratic primary rival, Treasurer Steven Grossman, but losing the edge over Baker she held in previous surveys. The Boston Globe poll, conducted by SocialSphere Inc., involved 605 likely voters including 33 percent who affiliated as Democrats, 13 percent as Republicans and 54 percent as independents or unenrolled, reflecting the voter enrollment in Massachusetts. Coakley, who has been under fire from Grossman, is set to receive endorsements from clergy members Friday morning in Jamaica Plain. Grossman on Friday plans to meet with voters in Allston and Gloucester. Baker's lone public event Friday is a campaign stop in Worcester with running mate Karyn Polito. Baker's campaign on Thursday reported that Polito has raised more than $1 million, or more than all of her opponents combined. Polito campaign finance director Michael Vallarelli used the fundraising milestone to take an across the board swipe at Democrats running for governor and lieutenant governor. "Like their top-of-ticket counterparts, the lackluster fundraising of the Democrat candidates for Lt.
FINEGOLD IN BID TO TURN MARKET BASKET SUPPORT INTO VOTES
Sen. Barry Finegold is seeking to parlay his recent support for supermarket workers into votes in his quest to become the next state treasurer. With just over a week until the Sept. 9 primary elections, Boston-area TV stations are airing ads featuring Market Basket workers crediting Finegold for supporting them during the weeks when they left their jobs while calling on the chain's managers to return control of the business to Arthur T. Demoulas, which is occurring under a deal announced this week. Market Basket workers supporting Finegold in the ad include Shawn Castles, Ryan Breton, Ken Mercer, Rosa Pereira, Joe Amaral, John Kennedy, and Valerie Polito, who says in the ad that Finegold "started a boycott." Finegold will face Democrats Deb Goldberg and Rep. Thomas Conroy on the Sept. 9 primary ballot. - M. Norton/SHNS