It’s Baker for the Republicans

GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker high-fives Lt. Gov. candidate Karyn Polito before his primary acceptance speech Tuesday night.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker high-fives Lt. Gov. candidate Karyn Polito before his primary acceptance speech Tuesday night. –Sara Morrison

Charlie Baker is projected to win the Republican primary for governor. At 75 percent, Baker has a massive lead over Fisher at 25 percent, with 60 percent of the vote counted.

Baker was a heavy favorite over Fisher throughout the campaign. Fisher had to fight to get on the ballot itself after the Republican state convention initially excluded him. He was finally certified after both sides traded bribery charges.

Baker will face Attorney General Martha Coakley in the general election.

During his acceptance speech, Baker touted Republican plans to address several problems in the state.

“On the most important issues facing our state: jobs, taxes, welfare, public housing, homeless families, health care, local aid, and education, we’ve got new ideas and specific plans to make Massachusetts great,’’ said Baker in his prepared statements. “Our opponents are stuck in the past. They’re proposing more spending, no reforms, higher taxes, and the continuation of the status quo. A status quo that has resulted in costly scandals, corruption, and even the loss of life.’’

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