Mass. Republican Governor Candidates Square Off in Debate

Republican gubenatorial candidates Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher squared off in a debate at The Boston Globe, just two weeks ahead of the Massachusetts primary election.

Over about an hour Monday afternoon, the two candidates touched on the recent Supreme Court decisions, undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts, Boston’s Olympic plans, and, of course, Market Basket. Here’s a Storify of the key parts of the “casual discussion,” as the Globe billed the event.

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Baker, the former hospital executive and 2010 Republican candidate for governor, is the overwhelming favorite in the primary. Baker has pushed a socially liberal, fiscally conservative message to voters, while the Tea Party-supported Fisher has attempted to nudge his way into the race with strong anti-tax, anti-government positions.Polling has Fisher trailing significantly behind Baker, enough that the Globe no longer tracks the polling in the race.

The two candidates debated last week on WBZ-TV. There, Fisher attacked Baker as an “identical twin” of current Democratic governor Deval Patrick and criticized Baker for working with Patrick to find compromises on certain issues. Baker largely avoided engaging with Fisher and instead spoke of his own platform, emphasizing his business bona fides and his support for health care as a human right.

Follow here for more updates as the debate gets underway.