Massachusetts Governor Will Face Former Budget Chief in November Election

September 5, 2018

By Meghan B. Kelly

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez has won his party's nomination, and will face off against Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who handily beat far-right primary challenger Scott Lively on Tuesday.

Gonzalez, a former Gov. Deval Patrick budget chief, topped environmentalist Bob Massie in a campaign in which both candidates talked up their progressive credentials and vision but struggled for name recognition, even among Democrats.

Gonzalez now faces an uphill climb against Baker, a popular incumbent, even in Democratic-leaning Massachusetts. A WBUR poll conducted in May showed Baker handily beating Gonzalez in a hypothetical head-to-head competition.

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