Following up on last week's article about two Massachusetts Congressional hopefuls: in Massachusett's 9th district, incumbent Democrat Bill Keating has finally agreed to debate his Republican challenger, John Chapman. The two will face off in three debates next week. Keating and Chapman are also engaged in a battle of endorsements. The Boston Herald has come out in Chapman's favor, while Keating has won the support of the Cape Cod Times, a major regional newspaper in the 9th.
The latest poll of the 9th shows the race within the margin of error (though it does give Keating a slight edge). This race has started to garner national attention. Keating is a tough campaigner, but time will tell if he's able to resist overall national trends.
Meanwhile, in the Massachusetts governor's race, a series of recent polls suggests that Republican Charlie Baker may be picking up momentum in the race. According to RealClearPolitics, Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate, has not led in a single poll released in the last week and a half, and a new Boston Globe poll has Baker up by 9 points.