Grossman Concedes to Coakley in Democratic Primary for Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley laughs during a stop at the Kickstand Cafe in Arlington, Massachusetts September 8, 2014.
Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley laughs during a stop at the Kickstand Cafe in Arlington, Massachusetts September 8, 2014. –Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

Treasurer Steve Grossman has conceded to Attorney General Martha Coakley in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night. With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Coakley has 42 percent of the vote. Grossman has 37 percent of the vote, and former Medicare Administrator Don Berwick has 21 percent of the vote.

Coakley had been the favorite in polling throughout the campaign season, leading both Grossman and Berwick by double digits.

Should the current results hold, Coakley will go on to face the winner of the Republican primary, where Charlie Baker is heavily favored against Mark Fisher.

For Coakley, a face-off against Baker in the November election is a chance at redemption. In 2010, she memorably ran a disastrous campaign against Scott brown in a special election for the US Senate seat vacated when Ted Kennedy died.

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Early results seemed to suggest a tight race for the ticket between Grossman and Martha Coakley. Grossman won the majority vote in Wellesley and Newton, where he resides. Earlier in the evening, supporters of Grossman seemed cautiously optimistic about his chance to win enough votes to become the Democratic contender for Governor.

“We need someone who is smart to face [Republican nominee Charlie] Baker,’’ said one supporter from Newton. “Without [Steve Grossman] it’s a Baker win.’’ Grossman told supporters he will back Coakley’s bid for Governor.

Grossman will join Coakley in a unity breakfast Wednesday morning at the Omni Parker House in Boston.

“I will do everything I can…to make sure that Martha Coakley becomes the next Governor of Massachusetts,’’ Grossman said during his concession speech. Grossman, a family business owner, was elected Treasurer of Massachusetts in 2010.

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