Gov. Deval Patrick says the gubernatorial race is close because people have been “hammered” by the recession and it’s rattled their confidence in the future.
Yet he says a good leader remains optimistic, as well as confident in his actions. And Patrick believes he’s set the state on the trajectory to recovery faster than most other states.READ MORE: 11-Year-Old Girl Struck By School Bus, Seriously Injured In Braintree
Patrick spoke with reporters Monday following a poll showing the race tightening to a statistical dead heat. Patrick was at 35 percent in a Boston Sunday Globe survey, followed by Republican Charles Baker at 34 percent. Independent candidate Timothy Cahill was at 11 percent, and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein was at 4 percent.
Governor Patrick insists Question 3 would bring the state even “more” pain.READ MORE: Group Raising Money To Send Boy With Leukemia To Disney World
A Globe poll finds voters split on Question 3 which would call for the lowering of the sales tax, from 6-and-a-quarter to 3-percent.
Patrick says public officials have to be honest telling people what the trade-offs would be.MORE NEWS: Newton To Keep School Mask Mandate In Effect After October 1
He says the result would be a big hike in proeperty taxes and cuts in services.