State GOP struggling, but confident heading into 2014 elections

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Last July, some of the Massachusetts GOP’s old guard gathered at the state Republican Party headquarters to lay the groundwork for a full-throttle effort to regain a broad foothold on Beacon Hill. Six months later, those hopes remain elusive.

With its endorsement convention six weeks away, the party is struggling to fill out a robust ticket of statewide candidates who could seriously threaten the Democratic hold on state government.

Their best prospect, gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, whom polls show will probably run a strong campaign against Democrats, is facing a troublesome dynamic in which he will be forced to compete with two independent candidates for the unenrolled voters who swing state elections.

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