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Berwick holds own against bigger names at Democratic convention

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WORCESTER, MA (WSHM) -

It's less than three months away from primary elections in Massachusetts.

On Saturday, Democratic candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer spoke at the state convention, trying to make their way onto the primary ballot.

"Do you want to beat Charlie Baker in November?" asked gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem during her speech on Saturday.

That was the running theme at the DCU Center.

Democrats want to put a candidate on the ballot who can beat the likely Republican candidate Baker.

Kayyem and Joe Avellone failed to get the necessary 15 percent of delegates, leaving them off of the primary ballot in September.

Despite trailing Martha Coakley in most polls, State Treasurer Steve Grossman left the convention with the most delegates.

But, the bigger story was that Coakley, considered a popular attorney general, barely beat out first-time candidate Don Berwick for second.

"This is a time for bold change," said Berwick. "This is not a time for backing down or being timid."

According to Berwick's campaign, their man took in approximately 22 percent of the delegates. 

Rob Rizzuto, who covers politics for CBS 3 media partner Mass Live and The Republican, was at the convention on Saturday and said there is a buzz around the former Medicare chief.

"He is moderate in a lot of areas, but he has a lot of very progressive views in issues that are very important to Democrats," said Rizzuto.

With less than three months to primary day, Rizzuto said Berwick has enough time to make a serious run at the two bigger-name contenders.

"Don Berwick has been hitting it hard for months now," said Rizzuto.  "He's been out here countless times, and now that the field has cleared a little bit, he has the opportunity to do the same thing with the voters."

Democrats will also have three candidates to choose from in the lieutenant governor and state treasurer races.

Both Warren Tolman and Maura Healey advanced in the race for attorney general.

Primary elections in the Bay State will take place on Sept. 9.

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