Baker tapping popularity to sway voters on ballot questions

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is tapping into his popularity to try to persuade voters to support the expansion of charter schools and oppose marijuana legalization.

Critics have faulted the Republican for being reluctant to spend down his political capital on potentially bruising policy fights.

Baker is all-in on Question 2, which would expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.

He’s appeared in a television ad and knocked on doors urging voters to support the measure.

He’s also publicly opposed Question 4 which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

There’s no guarantee Baker will succeed.

A recent Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll found voters split on the charter school question with 45 percent of those polled supporting the question and 45 percent opposed.

Several polls have shown the pot question ahead.

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