BOSTON (Reuters) – Voters in five East Coast states head to the polls on Tuesday for wide-open gubernatorial primary elections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island while Republicans in New Hampshire and Delaware will pick challengers to incumbent Democratic U.S. Senators.
In Massachusetts, voters could set the stage for a general election matchup between state Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Republican businessman Charlie Baker, who is making his second run at the office after failing in a bid to unseat Democrat Deval Patrick in 2010.
By Scott Malone
MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) – In the final debate before next week’s New Hampshire U.S. Senate primary, Scott Brown listened politely to his two Republican challengers, even as his campaign has for months focused on defeating the Democratic incumbent, Jeanne Shaheen, in November.
Brown is not alone in his confidence. Senator John McCain, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are among the big-name Republicans who have thrown their weight behind Brown, seeing him as the party’s best bet to take back the seat.