The larger legacy left by Governor Deval Patrick will be debated for years to come, but one accomplishment is undeniably historic: becoming the first black governor of Massachusetts. But in this Focus Report, we look at whether that milestone has opened the door for other candidates of color.

Paul Watanabe is a professor at UMass-Boston who studies the politics of ethnic groups.

Marcela Garcia is an Op-Ed columnist at The Boston Globe and former correspondent with Telemundo.