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The Massachusetts gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent
Incumbent
The incumbent, in politics, is the existing holder of a political office. This term is usually used in reference to elections, in which races can often be defined as being between an incumbent and non-incumbent. For example, in the 2004 United States presidential election, George W...

 Democratic
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. The party's socially liberal and progressive platform is largely considered center-left in the U.S. political spectrum. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous...

 Governor
Governor of Massachusetts
The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the executive magistrate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States. The current governor is Democrat Deval Patrick.-Constitutional role:...

 Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick
Deval Laurdine Patrick is the 71st and current Governor of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney General under President Bill Clinton...

 was re-elected to a second term. Also competing were the Republican Party
Republican Party (United States)
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, it is often called the GOP . The party's platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S...

 nominee, businessman Charlie Baker
Charles D. Baker, Jr.
Charles Duane "Charlie" Baker, Jr. , is an American businessman and politician from Massachusetts. He was a cabinet official under two Massachusetts governors, spent ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and was the Republican candidate in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial...

; independent
Independent (politician)
In politics, an independent or non-party politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties, a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do...

 candidate and State Treasurer
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
The Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts is an executive officer, elected state-wide every four years....

 Tim Cahill; and Green-Rainbow Party
Green-Rainbow Party
The Green-Rainbow Party is a political party in Massachusetts. It is the Massachusetts state affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.-Establishment of official party status:...

 nominee and physician Jill Stein
Jill Stein
Jill Stein is an American physician, activist, co-chair of the Green-Rainbow Party and candidate for President of the United States in 2012. Stein was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2002 and the 2010 gubernatorial elections. Stein is a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts and a...

. Party primaries
Primary election
A primary election is an election in which party members or voters select candidates for a subsequent election. Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election....

 were held on September 14, though all four candidates ran unopposed in their respective primaries. Tim Murray, who ran on a ticket
Ticket (election)
A ticket refers to a single election choice which fills more than one political office or seat. For example, in the U.S., the candidates for President and Vice President run on the same "ticket", because they are elected together on a single ballot question rather than separately.A ticket can also...

 with Patrick was re-elected Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
The Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts is the first in the line to discharge the powers and duties of the office of governor following the incapacitation of the Governor of Massachusetts...

.

Democrats

  • Deval Patrick
    Deval Patrick
    Deval Laurdine Patrick is the 71st and current Governor of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney General under President Bill Clinton...

    , incumbent Governor, first elected in 2006
    Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2006
    The Massachusetts gubernatorial election of 2006 was held on November 7, 2006. Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick was elected to a four-year term, from January 4, 2007 until January 6, 2011. In his first elected office, Patrick is the second African-American governor in the United...

  • Grace Ross
    Grace Ross
    Grace Ross, is a Massachusetts activist. Ross was a Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2010 until she left the race, citing a lack of signatures. She is from Worcester, Massachusetts...

    , 2006 Green-Rainbow nominee for Governor
    Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2006
    The Massachusetts gubernatorial election of 2006 was held on November 7, 2006. Former US Assistant Attorney General Deval Patrick was elected to a four-year term, from January 4, 2007 until January 6, 2011. In his first elected office, Patrick is the second African-American governor in the United...



On June 1, 2010, Ross withdrew from the race when she could not garner the amount of signatures needed to run, leaving Patrick as the only candidate in the primary race going into the June 5 Democratic State Convention. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
The Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts is the first in the line to discharge the powers and duties of the office of governor following the incapacitation of the Governor of Massachusetts...

 Tim Murray was again his running mate.

Republicans

  • Charlie Baker
    Charles D. Baker, Jr.
    Charles Duane "Charlie" Baker, Jr. , is an American businessman and politician from Massachusetts. He was a cabinet official under two Massachusetts governors, spent ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and was the Republican candidate in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial...

    , former secretary to Governors Weld
    William Weld
    William Floyd Weld is a former governor of the US state of Massachusetts. He served as that state's 68th governor from 1991 to 1997. From 1981 to 1988, he was a federal prosecutor in the United States Justice Department...

     and Cellucci
    Paul Cellucci
    Argeo Paul Cellucci is an American politician and diplomat who served as the 69th Governor of Massachusetts and US Ambassador to Canada.-Early life and career:...

     and CEO
    Chief executive officer
    A chief executive officer , managing director , Executive Director for non-profit organizations, or chief executive is the highest-ranking corporate officer or administrator in charge of total management of an organization...

     of Harvard Pilgrim
    Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc.
    Harvard Pilgrim is a not-for-profit health plan that provides a variety of insurance plan options and self-funding arrangements to more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Harvard Pilgrim was founded in 1969 out of the merger of the Harvard Community Health Plan and...

  • Christy Mihos
    Christy Mihos
    Christy P. Mihos is an American politician and businessman from the U.S. commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was an Independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006 and ran again as a Republican in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial election...

    , 2006 independent candidate for governor


Ahead of the April 2010 party convention, many Republican delegates preferred Harvard Pilgrim CEO Charlie Baker
Charles D. Baker, Jr.
Charles Duane "Charlie" Baker, Jr. , is an American businessman and politician from Massachusetts. He was a cabinet official under two Massachusetts governors, spent ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and was the Republican candidate in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial...

 to be the Republican nominee, however, there was support for State Senator
Massachusetts Senate
The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Senate comprises 40 elected members from 40 single-member senatorial districts in the state...

 Bob Hedlund, former State Treasurer Joseph D. Malone
Joseph D. Malone
Joseph Daniel "Joe" Malone is an American businessman, former Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts, and a member of the Republican Party...

 (who declined to instead run for Congress), and former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey
Kerry Healey
Kerry Murphy Healey was the 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. She served from 2003 to 2007 with Governor Mitt Romney. She was the 2006 Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts, losing to Democrat Deval Patrick in November 2006...

. In early 2009, two "draft" websites appeared encouraging Baker and U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan to run for governor. Christy Mihos
Christy Mihos
Christy P. Mihos is an American politician and businessman from the U.S. commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was an Independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006 and ran again as a Republican in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial election...

 announced his bid for governor on April 25, 2009 as a Republican; in 2006 he ran as an independent. Baker announced his candidacy on July 8, 2009, and went on to win the nomination at the state Republican Party convention, freeing him of a primary challenge from Christy Mihos, with 89 percent of the vote. Richard R. Tisei
Richard R. Tisei
Richard R. Tisei is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Republican, he served in the Massachusetts state legislature for 26 years, most recently as the minority leader in the Massachusetts Senate...

 was Baker's running mate.

Green-Rainbow Party

  • Jill Stein
    Jill Stein
    Jill Stein is an American physician, activist, co-chair of the Green-Rainbow Party and candidate for President of the United States in 2012. Stein was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2002 and the 2010 gubernatorial elections. Stein is a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts and a...

    , physician and co-chairperson of the Green-Rainbow Party
    Green-Rainbow Party
    The Green-Rainbow Party is a political party in Massachusetts. It is the Massachusetts state affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.-Establishment of official party status:...

    , declared her candidacy on January 7, 2010. Her running mate was Richard P. Purcell, a surgery clerk and ergonomics assessor, of Holyoke.

Independents

  • Tim Cahill, State Treasurer and Receiver-General. Cahill had won the 2006 treasurer's election as a Democrat, but changed his party to "unenrolled" (equivalent to "independent" in Massachusetts) so he could challenge Patrick in this election. Paul Loscocco
    Paul Loscocco
    Paul J.P. Loscocco is a former Massachusetts Republican State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial election....

    , a former Republican State Representative, was his running mate. Loscocco announced that he would withdraw from the race on October 1, 2010, and endorse Republican candidate Charlie Baker. Loscocco formally remained on the ballot, however. Recently released e-mails suggest however, that Loscocco may have been enticed to leave the ticket. E-mails between Republican political consultants and Loscocco's top aide indicate that he would be offered a "substantive lifeline" in return for his defection.

Democratic primary

Poll source Dates administered Deval Patrick Grace Ross
Suffolk University February 21–24, 2010 59% 15%

Republican primary

Poll source Dates administered Charlie Baker Christy Mihos
Boston Globe/UNH July 15–21, 2009 27% 20%
Suffolk University November 4–8, 2009 30% 33%
Suffolk University February 21–24, 2010 47% 17%

General election

Poll source Dates administered Democratic
nominee
Republican
nominee
Green-Rainbow
nominee
Independent
nominee
Deval Patrick Grace Ross Charlie Baker Christy Mihos Jill Stein Tim Cahill
Rasmussen Reports June 24, 2009 41% –– 36% –– –– ––
40% –– –– 41% –– ––

Boston Globe/UNH
July 15–21, 2009 35% –– 41% –– –– ––
30% –– 20% –– –– 30%
40% –– –– 41% –– ––
31% –– –– 18% –– 31%
Rasmussen Reports August 20, 2009 35% –– –– 40% –– ––
Rasmussen Reports October 22, 2009 34% –– 24% –– –– 23%
34% –– –– 23% –– 23%
Suffolk University November 4–8, 2009 38% –– 15% –– –– 26%
36% –– –– 20% –– 26%
Rasmussen Reports November 23, 2009 33% –– 28% –– –– 25%
32% –– –– 26% –– 28%
Boston Globe/UNH January 2–6, 2010 30% –– 19% –– –– 23%
32% –– –– 19% –– 23%
Public Policy Polling January 7–9, 2010 29% –– 27% –– –– 21%
28% –– –– 21% –– 25%
Suffolk University February 21–24, 2010 33% –– 25% –– 3% 23%
34% –– –– 19% 3% 26%
Rasmussen Reports March 8, 2010 35% –– 32% –– –– 19%
34% –– –– 19% –– 30%
Rasmussen Reports April 5, 2010 35% –– 27% –– –– 23%
38% –– –– 15% –– 33%
Rasmussen Reports May 10, 2010 45% –– 31% –– –– 14%
–– 27% 32% –– 16%
Suffolk University May 25, 2010 42% –– 29% 8% 14%
Rasmussen Reports June 21, 2010 41% 34% –– 16%
Boston Globe/UNH June 17–23, 2010 38% 31% 2% 9%
Rasmussen Reports July 22, 2010 38% 32% –– 17%
Statehouse News August 29–31, 2010 34% 28% 4% 18%
Rasmussen Reports September 1, 2010 39% 34% –– 18%
Rasmussen Reports September 17, 2010 45% 42% –– 5%
Suffolk University / 7 News September 16–19, 2010 41% 34% 4% 14%
Boston Globe/UNH September 17–22, 2010 35% 34% 4% 11%
Western New England College September 19–23, 2010 39% 33% 3% 16%
Rasmussen Reports September 30, 2010 47% 42% 6%
Suffolk University 7 News October 10–12, 2010 46% 39% 1% 10%
Public Opinion Strategies October 11–13, 2010 35% 42% 2% 10%
Rasmussen Reports October 18, 2010 47% 42% 6%
Western New England College October 22, 2010 44% 36% 5% 8%
Boston Globe October 24, 2010 43% 39% 2% 8%
Suffolk University/7News October 25–27, 2010 46% 39% 2% 9%
Rasmussen Reports October 27, 2010 46% 44% 6%
Western New England College October 24–28, 2010 42% 37% 3% 11%
Results (for comparison) [November 2, 2010] [ 48.4% ] [ 42.0% ] [ 1.4% ] [ 8.0% ]

Fundraising


As of October 31, 2010. Shading indicates candidate with the highest amount.
Candidate (Party) Raised Spent Balance
Tim Cahill (I) $570,345.01 $277,655.73 $292,689.28
Charlie Baker (R) $736,877.30 $491,089.99 $245,787.31
Deval Patrick (D) $606,991.19 $459,858.16 $147,133.03
Jill Stein (G) $64,454.75 $22,068.50 $42,386.25

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