“Geoff Diehl, on the other hand, is a true patriot, a proponent of low energy costs and our independent energy policy,” Trump said.
So much of Tuesday’s intrigue will come from a pair of primaries that might not have been close — or even contested, in one case — had Baker sought a third term.
On the Republican side, Diehl is stuck in an increasingly contentious contest with Doughty, who has argued he represents the GOP’s best chance of defeating Healey in November. (Diehl has state party approval, but Doughty got enough delegates at his May convention to vote.)
Meanwhile, Diehl and Leah Allen, his allied nominee for lieutenant governor, hosted a tele-rally with Trump on Monday night.
“This process will take years, but voters can jump-start it by choosing Doughty, a quiet voice for more pragmatic conservatism, over Diehl, a staunch sidekick to former President Donald Trump,” the council wrote.
“He’s too extreme for our state, he pursues conspiracy theories, he has beliefs that are just not compatible with the state of Massachusetts,” Doughty said of Diehl. “That makes him ineligible.”
Diehl avoided the assertion when asked about it, focusing on the GOP’s spring primary and convention.
“So far he’s got a 0 and 1 record,” Diehl said. “At the convention, I think I beat him 71%-29%. So that claim, of course, will come from any challenger.”
Healey, who backed Campbell, wavered for her as the primary approached. US Representative Ayanna Pressley also supports Campbell and pleaded her case at a rally with signs for the three women behind them.
“We need a bold, fierce, visionary and inclusive leader like Andrea Campbell,” Pressley said. “People deserve it. The moment demands it. And that’s what the job demands.”
Voters were belatedly thrown when a third candidate, attorney Quentin Palfrey, dropped out last week and endorsed Campbell, joining Healey, Pressley and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in a race that has divided leading government progressives. State. (Palfrey was an active candidate when early voting began, and his name remains on the ballot.)
“Shannon Liss-Riordan is the progressive champion Massachusetts needs as the next attorney general,” Warren said when announcing her endorsement late last month. “I know firsthand how Shannon fights back and wins against corporations and special interests that take advantage of working families.”
The winner will face Republican attorney James McMahon, the losing 2018 nominee to Healey, who runs unopposed on Tuesday.
This story and title have been updated with additional developments.