WORCESTER -- With 2,000 red, white and blue balloons waiting on the ceiling to be dropped when their candidate is endorsed, Republicans listened to the National Anthem today as their state convention opened.
The party is hoping for a resurgence after the special election this January of Scott Brown to the US Senate. Brown, until his upset election a relatively little-known state senator, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker of the convention.
Former health care executive Charles Baker and convenience store magnate Christy Mihos are both seeking 15 percent of the delegates, which will get them on the ballot for the primary election.
Baker, confident he has the strong support of the party establishment and rank and file, plans to take direct aim at Mihos, hoping to avoid a divisive primary in September, the Globe reports today.
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