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Democratic Convention Will be a Big Test for Coakley

POLITICS-DEMOCRATSBOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Democratic Convention looms as the biggest political test for gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley since an ill-fated U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Scott Brown more than four years ago.

Analysts say anything less than a solid showing from the current attorney general at next weekend’s state party convention could signal lingering doubts among party insiders.

Coakley says she’s not worried about finishing first among the delegates and is confident her campaign is on the right track.

State Treasurer Steven Grossman is viewed as having a strong chance of winning the convention endorsement.

Business executive Joseph Avellone, former federal health care administrator Don Berwick and former Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem are also running. Candidates need a minimum 15 percent of delegate support to advance to the September primary.


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