- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) - Democrat Martha Coakley has called Republican Charlie Baker to concede the Massachusetts governor’s race.

Coakley’s campaign sent a statement saying she had called Baker at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory.

Coakley will address supporters at her Somerville campaign headquarters at 11 a.m.

Coakley had declined to concede after the ballots came in late Tuesday showing Baker with a narrow lead.

About 36,000 votes separated the two, with Baker holding an edge over Coakley with 99 percent of precincts reporting, a margin of victory of about 1.7 percent. That had widened to just under 38,000 votes Wednesday.

Baker, who will become the state’s first GOP leader since Mitt Romney left in 2007, will replace Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, who did not seek a third term.

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