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Coakley could lead Massachusetts ballot of female candidates
Coakley could lead Massachusetts ballot of female candidates

If Martha Coakley wins the Democratic primary for governor today, she’ll be poised to try to redeem herself after an embarrassing defeat in 2010. She’ll also be setting the stage for a November election that could feature women in some of the top slots on the ballot in Massachusetts, part of a trend in which women are increasingly winning statewide elections across the country. Pre-primary polls from the Boston Globe and the NPR station WBUR show Coakley far ahead of other Democrats running for governor. She was trailed by Steve Grossman, the state treasurer and former national party chairman who was endorsed by the Boston Globe and the state party but failed to gain...

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