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Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group and Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts deliver weekly updates on every twist, turn, poll, and scoop you need to know on the Massachusetts mayoral, congressional, and statewide races worth watching. THE HORSE RACE: Steve Koczela, host; Lauren Dezenski, host; Hannah Chanatry, producer; Maureen McInerney, graphic designer.

Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group and Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts deliver weekly updates on every twist, turn, poll, and scoop you need to know on the Massachusetts mayoral, congressional, and statewide races worth watching. THE HORSE RACE: Steve Koczela, host; Lauren Dezenski, host; Hannah Chanatry, producer; Maureen McInerney, graphic designer.
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Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group and Lauren Dezenski of Politico Massachusetts deliver weekly updates on every twist, turn, poll, and scoop you need to know on the Massachusetts mayoral, congressional, and statewide races worth watching. THE HORSE RACE: Steve Koczela, host; Lauren Dezenski, host; Hannah Chanatry, producer; Maureen McInerney, graphic designer.

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Episodes

Episode 18: Frugg Life

2/21/2018
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CommonWealth Magazine's Michael Jonas descends on the bunker to explain the recent surprise in the Suffolk County District Attorney race, while political observer Josh Gee calls in from New York to dish on frugging (fundraising under the guise of research). Then, Steve and Lauren break down a potentially confusing ballot question regarding the repeal of the transgender accommodations law.

Duration:00:31:49

Episode 17: The Challenge

2/15/2018
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This week it’s all about challenges: special guest Lawrence Friedman, professor of law at the New England Law Boston explains the details of the supreme judicial court case regarding the so-called millionaire’s tax; Steve breaks down his latest WBUR poll on the primary race between Mike Capuano and challenger Ayanna Pressley; and Setti Warren shares delegates with his fellow gubernatorial challengers in Newton.

Duration:00:26:28

Episode 16: Storming the Gates

2/7/2018
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Steve Koczela is back in the bunker just in time for caucus season! We’ve got answers to all the caucus questions you’re afraid to ask with special guest Gus Bickford, Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. We also check in on the first forum for the MA-3, the legal challenge to the proposed “Fair Share” ballot question and the latest development in the senate presidency.

Duration:00:29:28

Episode 15: Chomping At The Bit

2/1/2018
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Linda Dorcena Forry is out, Ayanna Pressley is in and Lindstrom, Kingston and Diehl fight for the cash in this week's episode. Plus, Jennifer Smith of the Dorchester Reporter joins us in the studio, Lauren misses a game show reference and a surprise appearance from a familiar voice explains -- you guessed it -- polls polls polls.

Duration:00:38:08

Episode 14: The Sport of Governors

1/24/2018
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We’ve got veteran State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy in the bunker this week breaking down Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address (hot take: it’s STRONG). Plus Maureen McInerney, Public Affairs Associate at MassINC fills in for host Steve Koczela to talk fundraising in the Governor’s race, the election for Suffolk County Register of Deeds (it’s wonky, we know) and the upcoming forum featuring the Democrats -- all thirteen -- running for the MA-3. Oh, and...

Duration:00:29:24

Episode 13: Money Riders

1/17/2018
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This week it's all about the money, and the numbers are eyepopping -- Warren's making bank, candidates in the MA-3 are raking it in and Marty Walsh is growing his war chest fresh off reelection. We also check in on Brendan Crighton's walk into the state senate and preview the upcoming State of the Commonwealth. And in case you were wondering (and paying attention to trivia), the first stagecoach between Boston and Cambridge opened in 1793 -- a "reliable" Omnibus stagecoach replaced it in...

Duration:00:28:15

Episode 12: Back In The Saddle

1/10/2018
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We're back in the saddle folks! It's a new year and a new season, and we're straight out the gate with the first WBUR poll of the year. We've got the zesty details on Baker, Warren and Trump, plus a status report on 2018's major races already underway. AND for those loyal trivia fans, we're rocking an MBTA theme. What year did the first stagecoach open between Boston and Cambridge? Send your answer on a BigNToasted sandwich for bragging rights.

Duration:00:31:03

Bloopers: We Know Nothing About Horse Racing

1/4/2018
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Happy New Year Horse Race Fans! To thank you for tuning in to our first season, we’re kicking off 2018 with a peek behind the editing curtain – WE'VE GOT BLOOPERS! Next week we’ll return to our regular Friday morning schedule. Tune in for the must-have analysis (and polls!) on #mapoli’s most exciting elections and campaigns, and happy racing!

Duration:00:03:10

Episode 11: Raise the Stakes

12/20/2017
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FIELD TRIP! This week we’re checking in on Maryland, which also has a popular Republican governor in a very blue state. Kudos to the Goucher Poll’s Mileah Kromer for the zesty detail and Charlie Baker parallels. Plus, Steve’s Christmas Miracle: the democrats are shirking #mapoli political decorum and fielding primary challenges! We also check in on the Beacon Hill investigation and the Secretary of State campaigns.

Duration:00:31:39

Episode 10: TO THE BUNKER! Emergency #mapoli Update

12/6/2017
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Beacon Hill is roiling after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct are leveled against Bryon Hefner, husband of Senate president Stan Rosenberg. In an emergency podcast to keep you up to date, we explain what this means from the standpoint of the senate. We also recap the results of the Worcester/Middlesex state senate special election, and celebrate Ballot Question Deadline Day!

Duration:00:21:53

Special Edition: The Horse Race Live! Women in Politics

12/1/2017
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The Horse Race went Live! We had a great event last week discussing the most exciting elections to watch in 2018 (Bill Galvin getting primaried anyone?) and digging into one of the year's key issues - the representation of women in #mapoli. Joining us for the event were Puja Mehta of Emerge Massachusetts and Jenn Nassour of Conservative Women for a Better Future. Stay tuned in the new year for Season 2 of The Horse Race, and thanks for listening!

Duration:01:10:35

Episode 9: Finish In the Money

11/20/2017
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It's our season finale #mapoli! But before we go on our holiday hiatus, we've got the lowdown on ballot questions thanks to our expert guest George Cronin, our usual What to Watch, and - as Steve put it - POLLS POLLS POLLS POLLS! Thanks for an excellent season, stay tuned in the new year, and don't forget to join us for our live event at Ned Devine's on November 28th! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-horse-race-live-tickets-39878319126?aff=eac2 *Last week we incorrectly stated Ayanna...

Duration:00:28:20

Episode 8: The Winner's Circle

11/8/2017
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It's an EMERGENCY EPISODE #MAPOLI! Election Day has come and gone and we're here to parse who landed in the winner's circle across the state. Also, a surprise appearance by Sam Hammar, chair of the Melrose Democratic City Committee, to discuss why a partisan city committee got involved in a non-partisan municipal election. Stay tuned for more info about our upcoming live event at Ned Devine's in Boston, MA on November 28!

Duration:00:27:52

Episode 7: Three for the Show

11/2/2017
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We've got a trio of campaign ads, some outside spending (we see you Mercer Money) and a persistent Elizabeth Warren this week. Plus, as we race towards election day we've got our eye on two in particular. Listen to the end to find out which ones! Our special guest is the delightful Kathryn Burton, advisor of all things campaign-y. Our trivia question is: Who was the only person EVER to serve as governor of two different states? (P.S. In a rare turn of events, they're not from Mass.)

Duration:00:33:00

Two for the Show

10/26/2017
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We’ve got two showdowns coming at you this week #mapoli. First, we analyze Marty and Tito after their first (and last) mayoral debate. Then, John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom get testy over a U.S. senate seat. Plus, turns out local elections are important – who knew? We’re joined by a very special guest host this week: WGBH’s one and only Mike Deehan! Don't forget to listen to the end for the answer to last week's trivia question. This week we ask: when was the last year a challenger...

Duration:00:23:49

Episode 5: One For the Money

10/19/2017
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It's that time of year #mapoli - flannel, fall activities, and FEC REPORTS! Campaign fundraising guru Sean Curran walks us through what the quarter three reports mean, Lauren is vindicated in her special election love, and Steve gets sentimental about public opinion polling. Keeping up with our trivia? Listen to the episode to find out last week's answer. This week? What Massachusetts city was nicknamed the City of Notions in the 19th century?

Duration:00:29:55

Episode 4: Derby Day Doldrums

10/12/2017
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We “reined in” our horse racing puns this week to bring you a closer look at the warm fuzzies Democrats are sending Governor Charlie Baker, the new Morning Consult Trump approval poll, and who the latest contenders are in the MA-3, aka the Tsongas Arena. BUT FIRST -- There’s a special election in Gillette Stadium Land! And of course our trivia: the first woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts was Edith Nourse Rogers (R) in 1925. This week we ask: Which famous Massachusetts politician...

Duration:00:22:50

Episode 3: A Day at the Races

10/5/2017
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Boston loves Marty Walsh, and very little else, so says the MassINC Polling Group's post-preliminary poll for WBUR. Why is Walsh the front-runner when voters are dissatisfied on so many issues? We also check in on Baker and the MBTA (cue ominous sound effect), Gabriel Gomez and the expanding Senate field, and Seth Moulton eating a sizzling steak in Iowa. And don't forget to listen to the end to learn the answer to last week's trivia question! This week we ask: Who was the first woman...

Duration:00:26:07

Episode 2: Odds on Favorite

9/28/2017
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It's a post-preliminary world and we have the results of your local mayoral races in Boston, Framingham, and Lawrence with our special guest host Gin Dumcius, MassLive reporter and author of This Way to City Hall. We also check in on Amazon, Puerto Rico and the 2018 Gubernatorial race (yes they are possibly connected), and our newest segment: MASSACHUSETTS TRIVIA! Question 1: How many people in the state of Massachusetts have died of a snake bite?

Duration:00:23:05

Episode 1: Off to the Races

9/21/2017
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We're off to the races covering the Boston Mayoral preliminaries, the open MA-3 seat, Elizabeth Warren's competition, and of course Governor Baker and the Graham-Cassidy bill. Seabiscuit makes a guest appearance.

Duration:00:21:00

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