Democrat Martha Coakley trails for the first time in a WBUR poll of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, suggesting the sitting attorney general may soon suffer another embarrassing defeat in the deep blue state.
In the survey, GOP candidate Charlie Baker leads Coakley 43 percent to 42 percent. Other recent polls have shown Baker surging, and the trend line on the contest should be terrifying to Democrats who once considered the race a cakewalk.
In 2010, Coakley infamously blew a huge lead in the special Senate election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, falling to Scott Brown. Her stunning collapse inspired the nickname "Martha Choakley."