The Associated Press called the race just after
"Four more years!" chanted a crowd in a
"We all look forward to working with all of you to build on the work we started and to make this great state shine for the next four years," said Baker.
The popular incumbent
Baker will face off against Democrat
Baker spoke about how the bipartisan public discourse in
"We need to keep putting progress over politics," Baker said. "At a time when the country is having trouble finding common ground on so many issues, we in
"Karyn and I believe in bipartisanship. We believe that people in public life can and should debate the issues respectfully and seek common ground wherever you can find it. And that approach is working. We've made real progress here. On Energy. On environmental policy, economic development, criminal justice, education, health care, transportation and veterans issues. Our economy is booming ... Our political discourse is robust and honest because we believe a good idea is a good idea wherever it comes from."
Baker, who lives in
As supporters filtered into the hall an hour before the polls closed, a video montage of Baker on the campaign trail played on video screens. There was little sense the outcome of the night was in doubt.
"We are going to win," said
Mountain also predicted a win for Baker in the general election against the Democratic nominee, with the state seeing record low unemployment, low taxes and lots of construction to be seen. "These are the glory years," said Mountain, the Newton Republican City Committee chairman. "Everything is coming together, and that is why
It's the third time in the past eight years Baker has secured the state
Baker, 61, ran unopposed in the 2010 in the Republican primary, but was defeated by former Gov.
In 2014, Baker handily beat businessman
Baker is considered fiscally conservative and socially moderate. His long government experience includes serving as the former state secretary of
On the campaign trial, Gonzalez has described his agenda as "ambitious and aspirational" and touted his experience working for Patrick for giving him the skills to deliver on his vision.
Gonzalez says Baker is vulnerable to a challenge and that his administration has failed to make progress in many areas, particularly with the problem-plagued MBTA.
He has pledged to "fire" Keolis Commuter Services, the private firm that operates the MBTA's commuter rail system, if elected.
He supports government-run, single-payer health care but has said his experience as a private health insurance executive gives his plan more credibility.
While the state's unemployment is at record lows and the economy is doing well, Gonzalez has argued that "many people are still struggling" and the economic recovery has overlooked many communities..
Baker, a moderate Republican who supports abortion rights and gay marriage, also heads into the general election campaign with a sizable cash advantage.
He had more than
That doesn't include money in a joint fundraising account between the state
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