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In True-Blue Massachusetts, GOP Gov. Charlie Baker Leads By 44 Points

September 26, 2018 By Staff
In True-Blue Massachusetts, GOP Gov. Charlie Baker Leads By 44 Points

Charlie Baker, a Republican, looks likely to cruise to reelection in Connecticut's neighbor to the north, which is even more liberal than Connecticut.

Massachusetts is even more liberal than Connecticut.

Our neighbor to the north supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 27.2-percentage point margin in 2016, nearly double the 13.7-percentage point margin Clinton bested Trump by in Connecticut.

That makes it all the more astounding that Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA), first elected in 2014, is leading his Democratic opponent by a whopping 44 points in the 2018 Masschusetts gubernatorial election.

Baker’s lead is 44 points whether or not you count “leaners” – undecided voters who nonetheless lean towards one candidate or another. Baker’s lead is 66-22 without leaners, and 68-24 with leaners.

Perhaps part of the reason Baker is doing so well is because of Massachusett’s economy.

24/7 Wall St. recently ranked Massachusetts as the third-best economy in the nation. Connecticut ranked only 28th of 50 states.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate (4.3 percent) remains 0.7 percentage points higher than Massachusetts’s unemployment rate (3.6 percent).