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Boston Globe reporting that Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will not run for a third term in 2022. In a solidly Democratic state, the moderate Republican Baker had held office since 2015 and won re-election again in 2018 against the backdrop of the Trump presidency.
- His stepping down comes as former MA House member Goeff Diehl - a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump - looks set to win the Republican primary.
- While Baker's moderate stance won over moderate Democrats and independents in the 2014 and 2018 gubernatorial races, his criticism of the former president has alienated him with populist Republicans in the state. If he had contested against Diehl in a primary, there is a reasonable chance that he would have lost.
- The Massachusetts gubernatorial race was set to be one of the most closely watched of the 2022 mid term. However, Baker's stepping down and Diehl's elevation to presumptive nominee will likely see the state swing back under a Democrat governor.