BOSTON (AP) — Geoff Diehl, a former state representative Supported by former President Donald Trumphas won the Republican nomination for governor of Massachusetts over businessman Chris Doughty, who was considered the more liberal candidate in the race.
Diehl’s victory set up a general election contest against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healy, who if she won in November would be the first openly gay man and the first female elected governor of Massachusetts. The state’s current governor, Republican Charlie Baker, decided against seeking a third term.
Republican voters made Massachusetts Latest blue state this mid-term weather In a high-profile race to nominate a Trump loyalist, potentially eliminating the party’s chances of winning in November. Voters in Connecticut and Maryland, moderate states where centrist Republicans have had some success in previous elections, also selected far-right candidates to go up against Democrats in the general election.
“We’re going to run a campaign that focuses specifically on ‘We the People’ – our freedoms, our rights and our prosperity,” Diehl told supporters on Tuesday evening. “Massachusetts is no longer where people come to protect their freedoms and to build better lives for families. Now it’s where people are going.”
Healy, whose only rival for the nomination dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot, will be the overwhelming favorite against Diehl in November in one of the country’s most liberal states.
At her victory party Tuesday night before calling the GOP race for Diehl, Haley told ardent supporters that no matter which candidate emerged as her opponent, “we know he will be out of touch with the values for which we stand.” Speaking about both candidates, he said, “They will bring Trumpism to Massachusetts.”
A favorite among state Republican Party representatives, Diehl’s relationship with Trump lasted until 2016, when he served as co-chair for Trump’s presidential campaign in Massachusetts. Diehl has also opposed and appreciated the COVID-19 protocol Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade,
Doughty said he supported some of Trump’s initiatives but wanted to focus on the challenges facing Massachusetts, which he said are increasingly ineffective.
During a telegram on Monday night, Trump said Diehl would “rule your state with an iron fist.”
Diehl has come to hug Trump’s false claims that he won the 2020 election, Diehl said last year that he did not think it was a “stolen election”, but later said the election had been rigged, with dozens of courts, local officials and Trump’s own attorney general Declaring the vote valid. Meanwhile, Doughty has said that he believes President Joe Biden has been legitimately elected,
The challenge for Diehl in the general election is that support for Trump may play well among the conservative wing of the party, but may be a political albatross in a state where registered Republicans are less than 10%, compared to about 31% for Democrats. make up fewer voters and about 57% for independents.
Diehl faced a similar struggle when he challenged Democratic US Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. He won a three-way Republican primary, garnering just over a third of the vote in the general election.
Massachusetts has a history of electing economically conservative, socially liberal Republican governors – including prior governments. William Weld and Mitt Romney – to provide a check on the overwhelming Democratic legislative majority. Baker, another Republican in that mold, has been popular in the state.
Healy has said she will work to expand job training programs, make child care more affordable, and modernize schools. Healy also said she would defend “access to safe and legal abortion in Massachusetts” in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade.
But Healy faces an oddball obstacle in Massachusetts—the attorney general’s so-called curse. Since 1958, six former Massachusetts attorney generals have sought the office of governor. all fail.
The state previously had a woman governor, though she was appointed to the post. Republican Jane Swift served as acting governor after Governor Paul Selucci stepped down to become the US ambassador to Canada in 2001.
Tuesday’s election also featured several statewide contested Democratic primaries, including those of the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
the former Boston City Counselor Andrea Campbell defeated the rights of workers Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan In the Democratic primary for attorney general. A week before the election a third candidate, former Assistant Attorney General Quentin Palfrey, announced that he was suspending his campaign and endorsed Campbell; He remained on the ballot.
Campbell would be the first black woman to hold office in Massachusetts if elected in November. she will face Republican Jay McMahonA trial attorney who previously ran against Healy and lost.
Liss-Riordan spent millions of dollars on her campaign—including $6.3 million in August alone. Healy earned an annual salary of over $185,000 as attorney general.
Galvin will face Republican Rayla Campbell in November. If elected, Campbell would be the first black person to serve in the position.
In the Democratic three-way race for lieutenant governor, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll defeated State Representative Tami Gouvia of Acton and State Senator Eric Lesser of Longmeadow.
In the Democratic primary for state auditor, State Sen. Diana DiZoglio defeated transportation advocate Chris Dempsey to succeed Susan Bump, a Democrat who opted not to seek re-election. Dizoglio will face Republican Anthony Amore in November.
Elections have also been contested in the Democratic primary for auditor and the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
None of the state’s nine current Democratic US House members are facing a primary challenge. The 8th and 9th congressional districts had two contested Republican primaries.