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 Aprilβ¦ Maybe | WBUR BOSTON β Massachusetts added 19,100 jobs last month, according to the encouraging conclusion of the latest employment report. Thatβs 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.