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Mass. independent candidate loses running mate

By Glen Johnson
AP Political Writer / October 1, 2010

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BOSTON—Paul Loscocco (Loss-KOH'-koh) says he's quitting as gubernatorial candidate Timothy Cahill's running mate because Republican Charles Baker has the "best chance" of unseating Democrat Deval Patrick.

Loscocco appeared alongside Baker at the Republican's campaign headquarters Friday to make the announcement. Hours earlier, he had called Cahill and told the independent candidate he was ending his campaign for lieutenant governor.

The ballots for the Nov. 2 election have already been printed, so the names of Cahill and Loscocco will still appear.

Cahill has not reacted publicly to the news.

The Massachusetts Democratic Party blasted the move, suggesting Baker had cut a deal with Loscocco.

Cahill's senior adviser and campaign manager quit last week, with each saying Cahill had no chance of winning.

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