BOSTON (WWLP) – Republican Governor Charlie Baker is not running for a third term in office, leaving the Governor’s office vacant.
Maura Healey and Geoff Diehl have been declared winners of their parties and will face off for the Governor seat in November.
Attorney General Maura Healey has been declared the winner in the Democratic Primary for Governor by the Associated Press.
Tuesday marked a shift in the campaign as they now face down a Republican challenger, saying whichever Republican wins that primary will bring Trumpism to Massachusetts. In her Primary day speech, Healey emphasized choice showing support for abortion rights and promising to protect them in the Commonwealth.
She also advocated for improving community colleges and vocational schools and speaking to her infrastructure plan that she said goes beyond fixing the MBTA.
“It will build a rail system that meets the needs in regions across the state. We’re going to build a climate corridor that stretches from New Bedford to the Berkshires,” said Healey.
If she were to win the Governor’s race, she would be the first woman to be elected as Governor in Massachusetts and the first out lesbian Governor in the country. While Healey single-handedly took victory in this primary election, this state has a history of electing Republican governors.
Former State Representative Geoff Diehl of Whitman is the winner of the Republican nomination. Trump backed conservative Diehl has long been seen as the front runner in this campaign. Deihl earned the MassGOP nomination in May with 71% of support.
Geoff Diehl is a former State Senator, a small business owner and father. Although he was declared winner, is was a close race to the end.
Diehl has even gained the support of President Donald Trump, who held a telephone rally for him Monday night. Both gubernatorial candidates are running with former State Representatives as their Lt. Governor picks, Diehl with Peabody’s Leah Cole Allen and Doughty with Leicester’s Kate Campanele.
The Secretary of State predicts 1.1 million people will turn out for Tuesday’s primary. Current Governor Charlie Baker has not endorsed a gubernatorial candidate.
22News is covering the election results and will update as soon as the polls close and the results become available.