The primary elections in Massachusetts on Tuesday started the final leg of the election season in the United States. With the midterm elections just around the corner, both Democratic and Republican politicians have been actively campaigning.
After Massachusetts, primary elections in only four states remain — Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Louisiana. Countrywide midterm elections are scheduled for November 8, 2022.
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Here are 3 key takeaways from the Massachusetts elections:
A small ballot can still mean high stakes
One of the smallest ballots in the ongoing primary season was seen in Massachusetts. No Congressional seat — US Senate or House of Representatives — was up for election on Tuesday. However, the top state office was up for grabs after governor Charlie Baker said he would not seek another term.
Voters pit Donald Trump-backed Geoff Diehl and Democratic party’s Maura Healey for the November faceoff.
Massachusetts may get its first openly gay governor
Maura Healey, who currently serves as the Attorney General, won the Democratic nomination for governor. She would be the first openly gay person and the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts if she wins in November.
Maura Healey, 51, has been serving as the Attorney General of Massachusetts since 2015. “We know he’ll be out of touch with the values we stand for.” she said in her victory speech.
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Donald Trump’s clout is still going strong
Former US President Donald Trump has been using his political influence over the past months and offering his endorsements to various Republican candidates. Trump has also hinted that he may launch his own bid for the White House.
Trump backed Geoff Diehl in the Massachusetts primary elections in an attempt to install allies in states that usually bend towards the Democratic party. Diehl, a former State Representative, won the primary elections.