Fox News projects Republican Charlie Baker will win the Massachusetts governorship, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley in an upset.
Coakley, the attorney general, was thought to have an advantage just a few months ago. But in the last few weeks, Baker had been leading by a few points in most polls.
Adding an unusual twist to the race, the liberal-leaning Boston Globe endorsed Baker:
Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches that succeed. Baker, a former health care executive, has made a career of doing just that. During this campaign, he has focused principally on making state government work better. The emphasis is warranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Charlie Baker for governor.