Martha Coakley Behind in Massachusetts

Martha Coakley (D) released a poll from Kiley & Company showing her behind challenger Charlie Baker (R) 44% to 42% in the Massachusetts gubernatorial contest. The biggest problem for Coakley is that independents are breaking heavily for her opponent. The latest Boston Globe poll had her losing by nine-points.

The Boston Globe has the story on the campaign’s reaction to the poll:

“After the poll was released Thursday night, her advisers immediately put together the conference calls at 9:30 p.m. with about 50 political supporters, financial backers, and union leaders to blunt the survey’s impact and fortify her coalition of top supporters.

Senior campaign adviser Doug Rubin, in the conference call and in an interview Friday, sought to douse the growing perception, even among Coakley loyalists, that Baker is gaining momentum. He particularly zeroed in on the Globe poll, saying it was an “outlier” that would only energize Coakley’s supporters.

During the conference calls, Rubin and campaign manager Tim Foley walked the Coakley supporters through the campaign’s internal polling, which shows the race closer, and emphasized their superior strength in getting voters to the polls on election day.”