Boston Globe Endorses Republican Charlie Baker Over Martha Coakley

First time in 20 years The Globe has endorsed a Republican.

 How bad a candidate is Martha Coakley?

The news keeps turning sour for Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts governor’s race. For the first time in 20 years, The Boston Globe endorsed a Republican to be the state’s CEO by picking Charlie Baker over Coakley in the closely watched, tossup race.

The newspaper, the state’s most influential, said Baker “has focused principally on making state government work better” and concludes “Massachusetts needs a governor who’s focused on steady management and demonstrable results.”

Coakley, attorney general of Massachusetts, was trailing Baker by 9 percentage points among likely voters in a Boston Globe poll last week.

She could be headed for another spectacular loss in the liberal-leaning state, following her 2010 defeat by then-little known Republican Scott Brown in a special election for the U.S. Senate.