Voters pick gubernatorial, Senate candidates in last U.S. primaries of 2014

Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, PhoenixBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Voters in five East Coast states head to the polls on Tuesday for wide-open gubernatorial primary elections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island while Republicans in New Hampshire and Delaware will pick challengers to incumbent Democratic U.S. In Massachusetts, voters could set the stage for a general election matchup between state Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Republican businessman Charlie Baker, who is making his second run at the office after failing in a bid to unseat Democrat Deval Patrick in 2010. Both Coakley and Baker face competitive primaries in their own right, with the other Democratic candidates including State Treasurer Steve Grossman and healthcare policy expert Don Berwick and Baker’s Republican rival, Mark Fisher, who owns a small manufacturing company.

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