Election season is right around the corner and Donal Trump is throwing his support behind candidates he think have a chance to win. One Governor candidate who has his endorsement faces a tough fight, wait until you see who it is.
This race is going to really heat up.
Politico Reports. Former President Donald Trump is expected to be the target of a referendum on the governor’s race in deep-blue Massachusetts.
Former state representative Geoff Diehl has won the Republican nomination to run for governor, setting up a contest with Maura Healey, who sued the Trump administration repeatedly.
Having won an uncontested primary in June after her last rival dropped out, Healey is one of Democrats’ best chances to flip a governorship this year.
Though the former president’s endorsement boosted Diehl over political newcomer Chris Doughty in the GOP primary, it’s likely to be a hindrance in the general election. During both of Trump’s presidential campaigns, Massachusetts voters rejected his brand of Republicanism.
In an effort to settle a score with Baker, Trump endorsed Diehl. Diehl is campaigning on returning people’s jobs who lost them as a result of the vaccine, and tackling the opioid epidemic in his state.
Diehl embraced Trump and his rhetoric after initially leaning away from him when he launched his campaign. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, joined him as a senior adviser, and he campaigned with Trump ally South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem over the summer.
With Healey, a progressive prosecutor who sued the Trump administration nearly 100 times, Healey has an obvious opponent in the general election. Back in 2018, Healey sued the Trump Administration for his border policies.
She indicated as much when she said either candidate would “bring Trumpism to Massachusetts” before the Republican primary was held.
Trump praised Diehl during a tele-rally a day before the primary, calling him a “proven fighter” who will “rule your state with an iron fist.”
Diehl now faces a completely new challenge as he ventures outside the Republican activist base.
Earlier this year, a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll showed Healey leading Diehl by double digit margins, 54 percent to 23 percent, after she easily won the Democratic nomination after clearing the primary field of major opponents. Trump’s base won’t carry him, either: He garnered 32 percent of the vote in Massachusetts in the 2020 election and around 33 percent in 2016.
This race is going to be an uphill battle for the Trump backed candidate but he’s not going out without a fight. There’s still a lot of time until his election and we’ll be covering all the updates here at NextNewsNetwork.