Mass. gov candidate Martha Coakley visits Taunton

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic frontrunner in the Massachusetts’ gubernatorial race, toured Southeastern Massachusetts Friday to try and secure some last-minute votes ahead of next week’s primary.

At a popular city diner, Coakley said her hand-shaking tactic was one lesson she took away from the Scott Brown race.

“It’s certainly one of the lessons from what I learned from people so I have found and I think kept to since last September,” she said. “We’ve been working hard around the state, but more importantly listening to people and hearing their concerns about needing good education, needing to develop our workforce, but people, I think, are excited that we have an opportunity.

“Part of my message is this is not just for Boston and Cambridge; it’s also for the rest of Massachusetts, including Taunton.”

Coakley then headed to New Bedford for an endorsement from Mayor Jon Mitchell. She will head to Fall River following her visit in New Bedford.

“I’m delighted to have the mayor’s endorsement today. That means a lot to me,” Coakley said.

“I am proud to endorse Martha Coakley. Why? Well look, if you take a look at where New Bedford is going right now, we are a city on the rise,” Mitchell said.

Latest poll numbers in the Massachusetts’ race for governor shows the Democratic candidate Coakley out ahead of her opponents.

Coakley is running against Democrats Steve Grossman, a businessman and Massachusetts’ state treasurer, and Donald Berwick, a pediatrician and former Medicare administrator. Republicans Charlie Baker is running against Mark Fisher for the party’s nomination.

Voters head to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the Democratic primary.

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