Baker won a landslide re-election in 2018 and his approval rating was 56% in a UMass poll just last week. Big problem for him has been that what's made him broadly popular in deep blue MA - most notably opposition to Trump - has alienated the much smaller MA GOP universe
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he won’t seek a third term as governor of Massachusetts. Baker's decision comes near the end of a second grueling year in which his singular focus has been trying to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. apne.ws/q2mNoGQ
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UMass poll gave Baker just a 41% approval rating from GOP voters, with 48% calling him a liberal. A recent Northwind Strategies (D) poll had him with a 23% favorable rating among R's; PPP/DGA (D) had it at 30% in Oct. - w/ Baker trailing GOP foe Geoff Diehl 50-29% in a primary

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Baker's formula of social liberalism/fiscal moderation/distance from natl GOP has been a winning one for MA GOP in Gov races going back to Bill Weld, generally provoking grumbling on the right but no revolt of this scale probably since Avi Nelson challenged Sen. Ed Brooke in '78:
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Replying to @SteveKornacki
If broadly-popular MA Republican Governor Charlie Baker isn't running for a third term, MA is more likely to elect a Democratic Governor. Another case of Trumpism's damage to the former Republican Party.
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Replying to @SteveKornacki
More proof a Republican cannot be anti-Trump. It’s absurd.
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