Jewish hopefuls fall in Mass. gubernatorial primary


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Jewish candidates were defeated in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor.

Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, on Tuesday defeated Steve Grossman, the state treasurer, and Don Berwick, a former administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Coakley, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010, garnered 42 percent of the vote to Grossman’s 36 percent and Berwick’s 21 percent, the Boston Globe reported.

Grossman is a former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He also ran for governor in 2002, but withdrew when it became clear he would not win.

Dan Wolf, an airline executive and state senator who also is Jewish, withdrew earlier from the primary.

Evan Falchuk, a health care executive, is running an independent campaign and remains in the race.

Charlie Baker, a health care executive and a former Cabinet member in Republican state administrations, handily defeated a Tea Party challenger in winning the Republican nod.

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick  is not running for reelection.

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