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The Democratic Party's decision to vote for a state representative candidate in Massachusetts had the effect of handing Baker a 50-50 chance of beating Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren, who had already won a primary fight with the governor earlier this year, according to state election officials. The party's strategy of nominating a candidate from Massachusetts, which has the nation's second-highest poverty rate, has been tried in only two other states: Maine in 2010 and Washington in 2005.
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The Democratic candidate for governor, Ed Markey, said he was delighted about the vote on Tuesday. He is hoping to persuade Warren to run for president in 2016. "The Massachusetts race is a big deal for the whole country. It's going to change the way our country looks at Massachusetts," he said. "I hope she runs. I hope she runs."
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"We have a Republican governor in there. We have a Republican Congress. We have a Republican Senate," Markey said, adding that he had previously favored a statewide referendum on the issue.
But Lieberman had some caution before the vote. He emphasized that the race was close and that the stakes were high. "But the ballot is there, and if the voters want a serious, thoughtful policy debate, then this is a must-have for us to come together as a country and get this done."
Democrats have long tried to keep Massachusetts a bastion of Democratic support while offering Republican candidates in competitive congressional and state legislative races a better shot at a statewide and national audience. On Election Day, voters in Massachusetts had decided whether they wanted an expansion of the franchise for gay marriage to the state and whether to require more education about the medical benefits of abortion.
The election comes four months after Romney picked former U.S. Sens. Scott Brown in Massachusetts and Tom Daschle in Iowa to challenge him in the November electio