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    Morning Consult places Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in a three-way tie for the most popular governor in the country with a 69 percent approval rating, but he announced in December that he would not be running for a third term in order to focus on guiding the Massachusetts economy out of the recession, NPR reported at the time.

    Republicans in Massachusetts face an uphill struggle to replace the outgoing governor with another conservative, but two contenders feel they are up to the challenge.

    Both potential Republican replacements — former state representative and U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl and political newcomer and businessman Chris Doughty — are trailing Democratic nominee and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey by about 30 points in a recent Suffolk poll. However, they both told the Daily Caller News Foundation they’re not afraid of the challenge and that it’s crucial that a Republican win control of the state house come Nov. 6.

    According to WGBH, Boston’s local NPR affiliate, Healey has been accused of focusing on national cultural battles rather than functioning as a public servant for Massachusetts people. Healey has sued the Trump administration about 100 times as attorney general.

    WBUR, another Boston-area NPR station, said that every time Healey filed one of these “politically driven lawsuits,” it resulted in “one more drug dealer going free, one more public official committing an act of corruption, or one more senior being cheated.”

    WGBH reported that U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling and the editorial board of the left-leaning Boston Globe have criticized Healey for not prosecuting government corruption in the majority Democratic state government, as she has never prosecuted an elected person.

    The Healey campaign did not reply to a request for comment from the DCNF.

    “The state legislature and courts of Massachusetts are among the most liberal in the country, and Maura Healey would be among the most liberal governors in the country,” Doughty said the DCNF. Without a conservative governor, our state would resemble San Francisco on steroids.

    Diehl told the DCNF, “She’s a big-government ideologue that wants to take away the freedoms that our state was built on.”

    More on this story via The Republic Brief:

    The two Republican candidates have differences.

    The Donald Trump-aligned Diehl seems to be the frontrunner at the moment, with a poll conducted in late June showing him up 52% to Doughty’s 16% among Republicans, though the figures are six weeks old and Doughty says his campaign has kicked things up a gear since then.

    Diehl has more political experience; he won office as a state representative in 2010, and while unsuccessful, challenged Elizabeth Warren in 2018 for the U.S. Senate. CONTINUE READING…

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