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June 9, 2014

Another poll gives Coakley the edge; Grossman sees a 'passion gap'

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Democrats Stephen Kerrigan and Leland Cheung tied at 4 percent in the four-way race for lieutenant governor with more than 85 percent of respondents indicating they were undecided.

Former assistant attorney general Maura Healey leads former state Sen. Warren Tolman 21 percent to 18 percent, with 59 percent undecided, while former Brookline Selectwoman Deb Goldberg (11 percent) led both her Democratic opponents Sen. Barry Finegold (8 percent) and Rep. Thomas Conroy (4 percent).

As Democrats prepare to gather in Worcester for the party's nominating convention, Grossman is widely expected by party insiders to win the delegate vote despite trailing Coakley in the polls. Coakley, however, remains the only candidate in the race currently polling ahead of expected Republican nominee Charlie Baker.

Coakley leads Baker 36 percent to 29 percent in a hypothectical matchup, while Grossman trails Baker 27-24, within the 3.5 percent margin of error. Coakley's seven-point lead over Baker is down from 13 points in February, while Grossman has narrowed the gap slightly with Baker that was five points at the time of the last poll.

The independents in the race for governor - venture capitalist Jeff McCormick and health consultant Evan Falchuk - are barely registering with less than 2 percent of likely voters.

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