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Coakley launches bid for governor, seeks to distance herself from failed 2010 Senate race

Martha Coakley spoke to reporters after her first campaign stop at Dempsey’s Breakfast and Lunch in Medford Monday.
Martha Coakley spoke to reporters after her first campaign stop at Dempsey’s Breakfast and Lunch in Medford Monday.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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If there was a hand in sight, Martha Coakley was determined to shake it.

Barnstorming from Medford to Hyannis Monday, she embarked on what could fairly be called the Great Handshake Tour of 2013, pumping palm after palm in a frenetic display designed to lay to rest memories of her failed 2010 Senate race, when she famously disdained shaking hands outside Fenway Park in the cold.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, her campaign said the tireless glad-handing will continue, as she races to greet voters from Pittsfield to Salem on the second and third days of her campaign for governor.

The message is clear: Coakley insists she has learned the lessons from her lackluster Senate race and will showcase a harder-working side of herself.

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