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Coakley, Grossman win nods from key state senators

January 29, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate president and her presumed successor are backing different candidates in the Democratic primary for governor.

Senate President Therese Murray announced Wednesday that she’s supporting Martha Coakley’s bid for the state’s top political office.

The Plymouth Democrat called Coakley “a trailblazer and true leader” who as attorney general has stood up for women’s safe access to health services, a decent wage for workers and protecting children.

Murray’s presumed successor as Senate president, Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, is backing Steve Grossman.

The Amherst Democrat said that as state treasurer Grossman has demonstrated the vision and experience needed to create jobs and economic opportunity that families and individuals need.

Don Berwick, Juliette Kayyem, and Joseph Avellone are also vying for the Democratic nomination.

Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher are seeking the Republican nomination.

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