MA—“Politics of Hope” wins the first round
At the Democratic State Convention, Patrick won the top line and the party’s nomination by capturing 58% of the 4,569 delegates at the party’s soiree. However, both Attorney General Thomas Reilly and venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli also made the ballot setting up a red hot three primary scheduled for September 19th.
Mr. Patrick, the former United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, spoke of a “politics of hope” (click here to go to the Patrick website and read the speech http://www.blackpolicy.org/black-races.php?s=MA) to the cheering throng who gave him the days most enthusiastic response according to the Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/candidates/articles/2006/06/04/democrats_give_patrick_resounding_nomination/).
The response from the party faithful wasn’t a great surprise since Mr. Patrick has led or been within a few percentage points of the lead in most polls the last couple of months and has the support of half the congressional delegation.
However, Mr. Reilly, who received 27%, boasts support from state’s legislators and Boston’s popular mayor Thomas Menino.
BP Prediction – Toss – Up