Trump-backed Diehl to take on Healey in Mass. governor race

Boston: Geoff Diehl, a former state representative endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has won the Republican nomination for Massachusetts governor over businessman Chris Doughty.

The victory for Diehl sets up a general election contest against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts if she wins in November. The state’s current governor, Republican Charlie Baker, decided against seeking a third term.

Republican voters made Massachusetts the latest blue state this midterm season to nominate a Trump loyalist in a high-profile race, potentially dooming the party’s chances of winning in November. Voters in Connecticut and Maryland, liberal states where centrist Republicans have found some success in previous elections, also selected far-right candidates to go up against a Democrat in the general election.

At a Wednesday news conference, Diehl vowed that, if elected, he would roll back vaccine mandates, and repeal a new law allowing immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses.

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