Former right-wing state legislator Geoff Diehl has won the Massachusetts primary for the Republicans. He has received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. It makes his party a tremendous underdog for an office that the GOP has occupied for twenty-four of the last thirty-two years.
Self-funded businessman and centrist Chris Doughty suggested that Diehl’s campaign would not pay dividends in Massachusetts as he was targeting voters in Alabama instead.
Geoff Diehl lost the Senate elections in 2018 by a mere 24 points to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is considered a light-weight candidate to the lone Democratic candidate, the Attorney General of Massachusetts, Maura Healey.
Healy has raised 5 times more money than her Republican candidate and a poll by the Boston Globe revealed that she had a lead of 30 points. After Maryland and Illinois, Massachusetts becomes the 3rd state to go for a Trump-backed, MAGA candidate to contest the Democrats in states that the latter dominate.
Republicans have also gone for MAGA candidates for governor in the primaries in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan. They are strongly contested states and a win for either party will ensure an enormous sway in the presidential elections in 2024.
Geoff Diehl Was Trump’s Co-Chairman In the 2016 Massachusetts Primary Campaign
Geoff Diehl also co-chaired Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016 in Massachusetts and echoed Trump’s partisan political position. He had parroted the former president’s claim that the presidential election in 2020 was rigged.
Diehl has chosen Leah Cole Allen, a former nurse, as his choice for lieutenant governor. Allen was fired from her nursing job after refusing to vaccinate against the COVID-19 virus.
While Trump was his customary gung ho about Diehl, other Republicans are skeptical about his chances as he has lost the last 4 elections that he has run in.