I think the main change is that Patrick hasn't made any big mistakes lately, and relative to some other states the MA economy is doing better. (It's the one-two punch of Obama and Patrick's economic policies that's helping our economy, of course!) Swing State Project: MA-Gov: Patrick Leads Baker by 13 Deval Patrick (D-inc): 42 (33) Swing State Project: MA-Gov: Patrick Leads Baker by 13 Deval Patrick (D-inc): 42 (33) Charlie Baker (R): 29 (25) Tim Cahill (I): 14 (23) Jill Stein (G): 8 (3) Undecided: 7 (16) A recent Rasmussen poll pegged the race at 45 Patrick, 31 Baker, and 16 Cahill -- not far off Suffolk's mark at all. ... In any case, three-way races like this one can end up throwing some serious curveballs, but Patrick seems to be in the strongest shape we've seen him in a while. His job approval has ticked up to a bad 42-49, up from a dismal 34-59 in February, and his favorable rating is up to 45-46 from 38-50. Massachusetts Adds Over 19,000 Jobs In Aprilâ€¦ Maybe | WBUR BOSTON â€” Massachusetts added 19,100 jobs last month, according to the encouraging conclusion of the latest employment report. Thatâ€™s the biggest monthly job gain in 17 years. Overall, the unemployment rate for April fell to 9.2 percent, noticeably below the national average of 9.9 percent.