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Baker Spends 1st Day as Governor-Elect

Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just hours after he officially accepted victory over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, spoke about how the election was won by just 40,000 votes.

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    Republican Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just hours after he officially accepted victory over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, spoke about how the election was won by just 40,000 votes. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014)

    A long day on a victory tour, the Massachusetts Governor-elect fresh off only three or four hours of sleep, according to his campaign, connected with the people who voted him into office.

    Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just hours after he officially accepted victory over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, spoke about how the election was won by just 40,000 votes.

    "People for the most part want their government to behave in a bipartisan way," Baker said.

    Baker started to make that transition though exhaustion on day one, meeting privately with Governor Deval Patrick as he prepares to take over the corner office.

    "And we're excited about supporting the success of our soon to be new governor," Gov. Patrick said.

    From the State House it was on to the BASE, a non-profit for city kids in Roxbury, the intersection of sports, education, and leadership.

    “If we don't do our academics, we have a certain amount of hours to do, if you don't do it, you're not hitting in the batting cage. And that's for everybody, no matter who it is,” said Hugo Mateo, of Everett.

    Baker hopes to build on these type of programs in a part of the commonwealth he paid close attention to before Election Day.

    “One of our major tenets in the campaign has been that while our economy is doing okay, relative to other places, we need to do better,” Baker said.

    And for a night cap, the legendary Eire Pub in Dorchester for a well poured pint and some thanks to the voters.

    "We need a change. And I think he's a great guy. I think he can do it for Massachusetts," said voter Eleanor McDonough.

    Asked if he is getting used to the new job, Baker said he's starting to get used to the term Governor-elect, joking it's not a name thrown around in his presence before.
     

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