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[[Daniel Wolf]], a state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.<ref name=ruling>[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2013/08/07/wolf-vows-continue-campaign-despite-ethics-ruling-his-ownership-cape-air/rL3D7Pzr77YXJWXjIwgM8M/story.html ''Boston.com,'' "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/News-and-Features/Online-exclusives/2013/Summer/~/media/Files/PDFs/8213%20Wolf%20Formal%20Opinion.ashx ''CommonWealth Magazine,'' "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref> On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the governor race.<ref name=cct>[http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130919/NEWS11/130919658 ''Cape Cod Times'', "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.]</ref><ref name=wolfsays/><ref>[http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=cd7fcc44b6a66d3c30299ddd7&id=7c69e74894&e=d5bcd5d67b ''Dan Wolf for Governor 2014,'' "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013]</ref> The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013.
 
[[Daniel Wolf]], a state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.<ref name=ruling>[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2013/08/07/wolf-vows-continue-campaign-despite-ethics-ruling-his-ownership-cape-air/rL3D7Pzr77YXJWXjIwgM8M/story.html ''Boston.com,'' "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org/News-and-Features/Online-exclusives/2013/Summer/~/media/Files/PDFs/8213%20Wolf%20Formal%20Opinion.ashx ''CommonWealth Magazine,'' "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref> On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the governor race.<ref name=cct>[http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130919/NEWS11/130919658 ''Cape Cod Times'', "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.]</ref><ref name=wolfsays/><ref>[http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=cd7fcc44b6a66d3c30299ddd7&id=7c69e74894&e=d5bcd5d67b ''Dan Wolf for Governor 2014,'' "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013]</ref> The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013.
<ref name=dropout14>[http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race ''The Boston Herald,'' "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131021/NEWS11/131029942 ''Cape Cod Times,'' "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013]</ref><ref name=bg/><ref name=cct/>
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<ref name=dropout14>[http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race ''The Boston Herald,'' "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131021/NEWS11/131029942 ''Cape Cod Times,'' "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013]</ref><ref name=bg/><ref name=cct/> Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Coakley, the current front-runner according to recent polls, and State Treasurer Grossman.
  
Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Coakley, the current front-runner according to recent polls, and State Treasurer Grossman. [[Charlie Baker]], a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, [[Mark Fisher]] narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15% of the vote with just 14.765%. About 6 more votes, out of the 2,500 cast, would have led to a primary run-off between Fisher and Baker.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/04/republican-charlie-baker-announces-run-for-mass-governor/ ''The Washington Post,'' "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013]</ref><ref name=globe>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/22/charlie-baker-works-persuade-female-voters-mass-gop-convention-kicks-off/5R9IBp7MPSs047EEC00kMO/story.html ''Boston Globe,'' Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014]</ref>
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[[Charlie Baker]], a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, [[Mark Fisher]] narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15% of the vote with just 14.765%. About 6 more votes, out of the 2,500 cast, would have led to a primary run-off between Fisher and Baker.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/09/04/republican-charlie-baker-announces-run-for-mass-governor/ ''The Washington Post,'' "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013]</ref><ref name=globe>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/22/charlie-baker-works-persuade-female-voters-mass-gop-convention-kicks-off/5R9IBp7MPSs047EEC00kMO/story.html ''Boston Globe,'' Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014]</ref>
  
Massachusetts being as blue as it is, it's usually a safe bet to say the Democratic nominee will become the next governor. However, in 2014, the GOP could have an edge over whatever nominee emerges - presumably with a severe case of primary battle-fatigue - out of this crowded field of Democrats. Republican candidate Baker on the other hand, is set to enter the general election phase with a fully lined campaign coffer and united, albeit less plentiful, base of voter support from his party.
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Fisher's campaign believes that there was possible collusion between the Massachusetts Republican party and Baker's campaign, along with improper conduct at the convention. Debbie McCarthy, Fisher's campaign manager, said the campaign was considering filing two lawsuits. One lawsuit would dispute the convention results while the other would allege the collusion between the state party and Baker's campaign, a violation of party rules.<ref>[http://www.masslive.com/news/boston/index.ssf/2014/03/gubernatorial_candidate_mark_f.html ''Massachusetts Live,'' Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access, March 25, 2014]</ref> The civil suit would call for the release of e-mails, texts, and phone records to prove the collusion.  A Massachusetts Republican party official said both the vote and the process were fair.<ref name=fish/> Had Fisher made the ballot, Baker would have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican, and work to distance himself from the Democratic candidates. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of conservative Republican supporters.<ref name=fish>[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2014/03/23/campaign-for-republican-gubernatorial-candidate-threatens-sue-state-gop/VarKlHPA2odEa9iBywfabK/story.html#sthash.9NYMYlsn.dpuf ''Boston.com,'' Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP, March 23, 2014]</ref>
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Massachusetts being as blue as it is, it's usually a safe bet to say the Democratic nominee will become the next governor. However, in 2014, the GOP could have an edge over whatever nominee emerges - presumably with a severe case of primary battle-fatigue.
  
 
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Current incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat first elected in 2006, is eligible to run for re-election in 2014. However, after winning re-election in 2010, Patrick stated that he would not seek a third term as governor in the 2014 election.[1][2]

The race to replace Patrick includes a slew of Democratic hopefuls and independent party candidates. The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which is scheduled for September 16, 2014, has attracted individuals already serving in elected office. Attorney general Martha Coakley, state treasurer and Steve Grossman are both running for the Governor's seat.[3]

Daniel Wolf, a state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.[4][5] On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the governor race.[6][7][8] The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013. [9][10][11][6] Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Coakley, the current front-runner according to recent polls, and State Treasurer Grossman.

Charlie Baker, a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, Mark Fisher narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15% of the vote with just 14.765%. About 6 more votes, out of the 2,500 cast, would have led to a primary run-off between Fisher and Baker.[12][13]

Fisher's campaign believes that there was possible collusion between the Massachusetts Republican party and Baker's campaign, along with improper conduct at the convention. Debbie McCarthy, Fisher's campaign manager, said the campaign was considering filing two lawsuits. One lawsuit would dispute the convention results while the other would allege the collusion between the state party and Baker's campaign, a violation of party rules.[14] The civil suit would call for the release of e-mails, texts, and phone records to prove the collusion. A Massachusetts Republican party official said both the vote and the process were fair.[15] Had Fisher made the ballot, Baker would have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican, and work to distance himself from the Democratic candidates. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of conservative Republican supporters.[15]

Massachusetts being as blue as it is, it's usually a safe bet to say the Democratic nominee will become the next governor. However, in 2014, the GOP could have an edge over whatever nominee emerges - presumably with a severe case of primary battle-fatigue.

  1. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  2. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  3. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  4. Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  5. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wolfsays
  8. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  9. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013
  10. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  12. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  13. Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  14. Massachusetts Live, Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access, March 25, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Boston.com, Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP, March 23, 2014