Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, a reasonable Republican who defied former President Donald J. Trump throughout his two phrases, introduced on Wednesday that he wouldn’t search re-election subsequent 12 months.
“After a number of months of dialogue with our households, now we have determined to not search re-election in 2022,” Mr. Baker and his lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito, wrote in a letter to supporters.
Mr. Baker, 65, who’s extra standard in polling amongst Democrats and unbiased voters than he’s amongst fellow Republicans, confronted a Trump-backed major problem and a normal election through which he might have confronted the state’s standard lawyer normal, Maura Healey, a Democrat.
A former well being care govt, Mr. Baker is a well-liked, even-keeled, nonideological New England Republican who has been a proponent of abortion rights, same-sex marriage and a few gun management measures. He would have been the favourite had he determined to run. However he was additionally a relic of the pre-Trump Republican Social gathering that now exists principally in tv inexperienced rooms and Washington suppose tanks.
Mr. Baker, together with Govs. Phil Scott of Vermont and Larry Hogan of Maryland, made up a cadre of northeastern Republicans who ran Democratic states in the course of the Trump period. However whereas Mr. Hogan has toyed with working for nationwide workplace as an anti-Trump Republican, Mr. Baker prevented commenting on Mr. Trump and infrequently appeared on cable tv.
He made no reference to Mr. Trump within the letter saying his resolution to not run once more.
His departure from the race will make this a high-profile contest between totally different branches of the Democratic Social gathering, almost certainly pitting Ms. Healey, of the institution’s heart left, towards the progressives Sonia Chang-Díaz, a state senator, and Ben Downing, a former state senator.
Ms. Healey has but to announce her candidacy however has mentioned she would contemplate the race. Ms. Chang-Díaz and Mr. Downing have been campaigning for months.
Mr. Baker confronted a troublesome Republican major problem from Geoff Diehl, a former state consultant who was chairman of Mr. Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign in Massachusetts. Mr. Trump endorsed Mr. Diehl in October whereas denouncing Mr. Baker as a “Republican in title solely.”
Mr. Diehl is way much less doubtless than Mr. Baker to retain the Massachusetts governor’s workplace for Republicans. Mr. Trump is very unpopular within the state, which backed Joseph R. Biden Jr. by 33 proportion factors in 2020.
Ellen Barry contributed reporting.