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Gov. Patrick makes "Lone Walk," departs amid tradition, ceremony

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Deval Patrick after exiting the State House during his “Lone Walk.” (WBZ-TV) Deval Patrick after exiting the State House during his “Lone Walk.” (WBZ-TV)
BOSTON (AP) -

Gov. Deval Patrick has begun the traditional "lone walk" departing Massachusetts governors take from the third floor executive office down the front steps of the state capitol.

The walk followed a private meeting with incoming Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker and caps Patrick's last full day in office.

The meeting with Baker was steeped in pomp and circumstance, including the exchange of four traditional symbols of the top political office, such as the original Pewter Key to the governor's office and a bible dating to Gov. Benjamin Butler in 1884.

The Democrat told reporters his eight years in office have been "a great run" and he's proud of his record.

Baker said he was both excited and nervous as he prepared to take office.

Baker will be sworn-in at noon on Thursday.

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