BOSTON — Geoff Diehl, a state that is former endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has won the Republican nomination for Massachusetts governor over businessman Chris Doughty, who was considered the more moderate candidate in the race.
The victory for Diehl sets up a election that is general against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, that would end up being the very first freely homosexual individual and also the very first woman elected governor if she wins in November. Their state’s present governor, Republican Charlie Baker, decided against looking for a term that is third
Republican voters made Massachusetts the latest state that is blue midterm period to nominate a Trump loyalist in a high-profile battle, possibly dooming the celebration’s odds of winning in November. Voters in Connecticut and Maryland, liberal states where centrist Republicans are finding some success in past elections, additionally chosen far-right applicants to increase against a Democrat into the election that is general
Healey, Whose rival that is only the nomination dropped out from the battle but stayed in the ballot, could be the hefty favorite in November against Diehl in just one of the absolute most liberal states into the nation.
Diehl, the favourite among state Republican Party delegates in Massachusetts, has ties to Trump extending to 2016, as he served as co-chair for Trump’s presidential campaign into the state. Diehl has additionally opposed COVID-19 protocols and hailed the Supreme Court ruling Roe that is overturning v.
Doughty said he supported some of Trump’s initiatives but wanted to focus on challenges facing Massachusetts, which he said is increasingly unaffordable.
Diehl has come to embrace Trump’s false claims that he won the 2020 election. Diehl said last year it was a “stolen election” but later said the election was rigged, despite dozens of courts, local officials and Trump’s own attorney general saying the vote was legitimate that he didn’t think. Doughty, meanwhile, has stated he believes President Joe Biden had been legitimately elected.
The challenge for Diehl into the election that is general that support of Trump may play well among the party’s conservative wing but could be a political albatross in a state where registered Republicans make up less than 10% of the electorate compared to about 31% for Democrats and about 57% for independents.
Diehl faced a struggle that is similar he challenged Democratic US Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. He won a three-way Republican primary only to recapture simply over a third regarding the vote into the election that is general
Massachusetts Has a past history of electing fiscally conservative, socially moderate Republican governors — including previous Govs. William Weld and Mitt Romney — to present a check on overwhelming democratic majorities that are legislative. Baker, another Republican in that mold, has remained popular in the continuing state.
Healey has stated she’d work to grow task training programs, make kid care cheaper and schools that are modernized. Healey has also said she would protect “access to safe and abortion that is legal Massachusetts” within the wake regarding the Supreme Court’s choice overturning Roe v. wade.
But Healey does face an oddball hurdle in Massachusetts — the curse that is so-called of attorney general. Since 1958, six former Massachusetts attorneys general have sought the governor’s office. all failed.
The state has previously had a governor that is female though she had been appointed towards the place. Republican Jane Swift served as acting governor after Gov. Paul Cellucci stepped straight down in 2001 to become US ambassador to Canada.
Tuesday’s election additionally features several statewide contested primaries that are democratic including for attorney general and secretary of the commonwealth.
Former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell defeated workers’ rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan in the primary that is democratic attorney general. per week ahead of the election, a candidate that is third former assistant attorney general Quentin Palfrey, announced he was suspending his campaign and endorsed Campbell; he remained on the ballot.
Campbell would be the Black that is first woman keep the workplace in Massachusetts if elected in November. She’s going to face Jay that is republican McMahon a trial attorney who previously ran against Healey and lost.
Liss-Riordan pumped millions of her money that is own into campaign — including $6.3 million in August alone. Healey received an salary that is annual of than $185,000 as attorney general.
Incumbent Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is vying for an term that is eighth workplace, defeated other Democrat Tanisha Sullivan, president regarding the Boston branch regarding the NAACP. Sullivan could have been the Black that is first person serve in the post if elected.
Galvin will face Republican Rayla Campbell in November. Campbell is also Black.
There are also contested races in the primary that is democratic auditor as well as in the Democratic and Republican events for lieutenant governor.
None for the state’s nine incumbent Democratic US home people is dealing with main challengers. There are two main contested Republican primaries in the 8th and 9th districts that are congressional