Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who tangled with Trump, won't seek re-election




  • In Politics
  • 2021-12-01 15:08:28Z
  • By NBC News
 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't see re-election to a third term, a source close to the Republican and familiar with his decision told NBC News on Wednesday.

The decision was first reported by The Boston Globe.

Baker, a moderate, had resisted his party's pull toward Donald Trump. He said he "blanked" his 2020 ballot rather than vote for the then-president's bid for a second term. Trump has endorsed Geoff Diehl, a co-chair of his Massachusetts campaign in 2016 and the losing Senate candidate against Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren in 2018, in the 2022 GOP primary for governor.

"Baker is definitely not an American First or Make America Great Again kind of guy," Trump said in his October endorsement of Diehl, a former state representative.

Polls have consistently shown that Baker is popular in Massachusetts, though Democrats have been more favorable to him. One poll last month by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WCVB in Boston found Baker with a 56 percent approval rating among respondents; 65 percent of Democrats surveyed said they approved compared with 41 percent of Republicans.

Three Democrats have already launched campaigns for governor: state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, former state Sen. Ben Downing, and Harvard professor Danielle Allen. The Globe reported Wednesday that Baker's decision could draw higher-profile candidates, like Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on the Democratic side and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on the GOP side.

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His recent social media activity may have played a role in the judge's decision.

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