Cities are Democratic turf
Yet Baker holding his own
Fewer than two weeks separate Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker from Election Day. The two major gubernatorial candidates are locked in a dead heat, and as they both scramble to cobble together a winning coalition, no subsection of the state looms larger than Massachusetts cities.
Urban areas are a cornerstone of the Democratic base in Massachusetts. And Baker, a Republican who’s making his second run at the governor’s office, has been targeting these traditional Democratic voters since he launched his campaign in Lowell last year. Wednesday, Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham highlighted efforts by both Baker and Coakley to win over urban voters.
The charts below illustrate the political imperative behind Baker and Coakley’s urban bent. Most of the state’s biggest cities have swung sharply toward Democratic candidates in recent years; this swing has played a large part in turning 16 straight years of Republican control over the Corner Office into a string of recent victories by Democrats like Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren, and Ed Markey. Baker is hoping to reverse these recent Democratic gains.
This story was cross-posted to Poll Vault, a data-driven look at the 2014 election produced by WBUR, The MassINC Polling Group, and CommonWealth.