Trump-Backed Diehl Wins Massachusetts GOP Governor Primary

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BOSTON (AP) — Geoff Diehl, a erstwhile authorities typical endorsed by erstwhile President Donald Trump, has won the Republican information for Massachusetts politician implicit businessman Chris Doughty, who was considered the much mean campaigner successful the race.

The triumph for Diehl sets up a wide predetermination contention against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who would beryllium the archetypal openly cheery idiosyncratic and the archetypal pistillate elected politician of Massachusetts if she wins successful November. The state’s existent governor, Republican Charlie Baker, decided against seeking a 3rd term.

Republican voters made Massachusetts the latest bluish authorities this midterm play to nominate a Trump loyalist successful a high-profile race, perchance dooming the party’s chances of winning successful November. Voters successful Connecticut and Maryland, wide states wherever centrist Republicans person recovered immoderate occurrence successful erstwhile elections, besides selected far-right candidates to spell up against a Democrat successful the wide election.

Healey, whose lone rival for the information dropped retired of the contention but remained connected the ballot, volition beryllium the dense favourite successful November against Diehl successful 1 of the astir wide states successful the nation.

At her triumph enactment Tuesday nighttime earlier the GOP contention was called for Diehl, Healey told cheering supporters that careless of which campaigner emerged arsenic her opponent, “We cognize he’ll beryllium retired of interaction with the values we basal for.” Speaking of some candidates, she added, “They’ll bring Trumpism to Massachusetts.”

Diehl, the favourite among authorities Republican Party delegates, has ties to Trump stretching to 2016, erstwhile helium served arsenic co-chair for Trump’s statesmanlike run successful Massachusetts. Diehl has besides opposed COVID-19 protocols and hailed the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Doughty said helium supported immoderate of Trump’s initiatives but wanted to absorption connected challenges facing Massachusetts, which helium said is progressively unaffordable.

During a telerally Monday night, Trump said Diehl would “rule your authorities with an robust fist.”

Diehl has travel to clasp Trump’s mendacious claims that helium won the 2020 election. Diehl said past twelvemonth that helium didn’t deliberation it was a “stolen election” but aboriginal said the predetermination was rigged, contempt dozens of courts, section officials and Trump’s ain lawyer wide saying the ballot was legitimate. Doughty, meanwhile, has said helium believes President Joe Biden was legitimately elected.

The situation for Diehl successful the wide predetermination is that enactment of Trump whitethorn play good among the party’s blimpish helping but could beryllium a governmental albatross successful a authorities wherever registered Republicans marque up little than 10% of the electorate compared to astir 31% for Democrats and astir 57% for independents.

Diehl faced a akin conflict erstwhile helium challenged Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren successful 2018. He won a three-way Republican superior lone to seizure conscionable implicit a 3rd of the ballot successful the wide election.

Massachusetts has a past of electing fiscally conservative, socially mean Republican governors — including erstwhile Govs. William Weld and Mitt Romney — to supply a cheque connected overwhelming Democratic legislative majorities. Baker, different Republican successful that mold, has remained fashionable successful the state.

Healey has said she would enactment to grow occupation grooming programs, marque kid attraction much affordable and modernize schools. Healey has besides said she would support “access to harmless and ineligible termination successful Massachusetts” successful the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s determination overturning Roe v. Wade.

Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial campaigner  Maura Healey speaks astatine  the Annual Greater Boston Labor Council Breakfast connected  Labor Day successful  Boston, Massachusetts connected  September 5, 2022. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)
Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial campaigner Maura Healey speaks astatine the Annual Greater Boston Labor Council Breakfast connected Labor Day successful Boston, Massachusetts connected September 5, 2022. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

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But Healey does look an oddball hurdle successful Massachusetts — the alleged curse of the lawyer general. Since 1958, six erstwhile Massachusetts attorneys wide person sought the governor’s office. All failed.

The authorities has antecedently had a pistillate governor, though she was appointed to the position. Republican Jane Swift served arsenic acting politician aft Gov. Paul Cellucci stepped down successful 2001 to go U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Tuesday’s predetermination besides featured respective statewide contested Democratic primaries, including for lawyer wide and caput of the commonwealth.

Former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell defeated workers’ rights lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan successful the Democratic superior for lawyer general. A week earlier the election, a 3rd candidate, erstwhile adjunct lawyer wide Quentin Palfrey, announced helium was suspending his run and endorsed Campbell; helium remained connected the ballot.

Campbell would beryllium the archetypal Black pistillate to clasp the bureau successful Massachusetts if elected successful November. She volition look Republican Jay McMahon, a proceedings lawyer who antecedently ran against Healey and lost.

Liss-Riordan pumped millions of her ain wealth into her run — including $6.3 cardinal successful August alone. Healey earned an yearly wage of much than $185,000 arsenic lawyer general.

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is vying for an eighth word successful office, defeated chap Democrat Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston subdivision of the NAACP. Sullivan would person been the archetypal Black idiosyncratic to service successful the station if elected.

Galvin volition look Republican Rayla Campbell successful November. Campbell is besides Black.

In the Democratic three-way contention for lieutenant governor, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll defeated authorities Rep. Tami Gouveia of Acton and authorities Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow.

There are besides contested races successful the Democratic superior for auditor and successful the Republican races for lieutenant governor.

None of the state’s 9 incumbent Democratic U.S. House members is facing superior challengers. There were 2 contested Republican primaries successful the 8th and 9th legislature districts.

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