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With all signs indicating that Attorney General Martha Coakley is set to announce a run for governor as early as Monday, her popularity among voters would make her a formidable candidate.
But three years after her humiliating loss to Scott Brown, Coakley still faces large pockets of resistance from Democratic Party leaders and activists who have not yet forgotten her disastrous performance.
A person familiar with the planning said Coakley is in the final decision stages and could make an announcement first thing next week. Once in the race, Coakley would be expected to quickly move to the front of the pack.
For those who saw firsthand the Coakley collapse in the race against Brown, however, the prospect of her leading the 2014 Democratic ticket is cause for concern.