Republican Charles Baker of Swampscott is the only GOP candidate to declare for the governor’s race.
Coakley’s loss to Brown, a Republican, in the 2010 Senate race was a stunning upset that rocked both the Democratic Party and the Obama administration, who viewed the seat as safe for Democrats and Coakley as the pivotal 60th vote to preserve the Democratic “supermajority” in the Senate.
Coakley faces an unusual political hurdle in Massachusetts political history — the “curse” of the attorney general’s office.
Since 1958, five former Massachusetts attorneys general have sought the governor’s office. All five — George Fingold, Edward J. McCormack Jr., Francis X. Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger and Tom Reilly — failed, either by losing their party’s primary, losing the general election or, in the case of Fingold, dying before Election Day.