- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick says now that the race to succeed him has been settled, he plans to turn his attention to what he hopes is a “transparent, smooth and successful” transition of power to Gov.-elect Charlie Baker.

The Democratic governor planned to meet with his Republican successor in his office at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to begin planning that transition.

Earlier Patrick joined Democrat Martha Coakley at her campaign headquarters as the attorney general, who conceded Tuesday’s close election more than 12 hours after the polls closed, thanked supporters.

Patrick said both candidates ran “spirited campaigns.”

Noting the success Republicans enjoyed nationally, Patrick said it was a good night for Citizens United, a reference to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted Super PAC spending restrictions.

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