BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley's decision to jump into the race for governor is shaking up the field of contenders hoping to replace Gov. Deval Patrick.
Of all the Democratic hopefuls for the state's top political office, Coakley has the most experience running for political office. She's twice launched successful statewide campaigns for attorney general and twice for Middlesex District Attorney.
It's her biggest loss, however — her 2010 defeat to Republican Scott Brown in the state's special U.S. Senate election — that looms over her latest bid for higher office.
Although she has the most campaign experience, Coakley's far from a shoo-in. In the Democratic primary she's facing at least four other candidates including state Treasurer Steven Grossman who has deep roots in the state and national Democratic parties.
Republican Charlie Baker is also running.