Baker reelected as Massachusetts governor

Baker reelected as Massachusetts governor
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) was elected Tuesday to a second term after defeating Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez.

Throughout the race, Baker consistently maintained a sizable lead in the polls over Gonzalez, who was a budget official in the administration of former Gov. Deval Patrick (D). A poll released by WBUR last week showed Baker leading Gonzalez by 43 points.

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Baker, a moderate Republican in a historically blue state, has remained popular in the state despite efforts by Gonzalez to tie him to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE. Gonzalez, who announced his candidacy in January 2017, faced difficulty boosting his name recognition during the gubernatorial campaign.

Baker has served as governor since January 2015. He won the endorsement of The Boston Globe, the state capital's flagship paper.

In remarks following his victory, Baker told a crowd that he delivered on a promise “to bring fiscal discipline, a reform-minded governing approach, and a commitment to bipartisanship to state government” and would continue to do so in his second term as governor.

“Today, the voters have spoken and it seems like they like what we’re doing and the way we go about it. So, here’s the good news: that collaborative, purposeful and humble approach to governing is exactly what you’re going to get from us and from our team for the next four years,” Baker said. 

“That’s going to be non-stop, pedal to the metal, let it rock,” he added.

-- Updated 10:51 p.m.