By Michael Norton

State House News Service

BOSTON -- Republican Charlie Baker held a one-point advantage over Martha Coakley, 38-37, within the 4 percent margin of error, in the latest polling on the 2014 Massachusetts governor's race.

The poll showed Coakley with a 22-point lead over her nearest Democratic primary rival, Treasurer Steven Grossman, but losing the edge over Baker she held in previous surveys.

The Boston Globe poll, conducted by SocialSphere Inc., involved 605 likely voters including 33 percent who affiliated as Democrats, 13 percent as Republicans and 54 percent as independents or unenrolled, reflecting the voter enrollment in Massachusetts.

Coakley, who has been under fire from Grossman, is set to receive endorsements from clergy members Friday morning in Jamaica Plain.

Grossman on Friday plans to meet with voters in Allston and Gloucester.

Baker's lone public event Friday is a campaign stop in Worcester with running mate Karyn Polito.

Baker's campaign on Thursday reported that Polito has raised more than $1 million, or more than all of her opponents combined.

Polito campaign finance director Michael Vallarelli used the fundraising milestone to take an across-the-board swipe at Democrats running for governor and lieutenant governor.

"Like their top-of-ticket counterparts, the lackluster fundraising of the Democrat candidates for lt.


governor is further evidence of a message that fails to offer new positive ideas, and continues to underwhelm voters," he said in a statement.

In other races, the poll showed:

* Democrats Warren Tolman and Maura Healey tied in their primary battle for attorney general.

* Lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan leading his two primary opponents.

* Sen. Barry Finegold with a lead over Democratic treasurer rivals Deb Goldberg and Rep. Thomas Conroy.

Only 30 percent of respondents identified themselves as "enthusiastic" about the election.