After Baker’s decision in December, a source familiar with the attorney general’s thought process told CNN that Healey, who has served as attorney general since 2015, was thinking about running against Baker before he declined to run, but that his decision “makes the path clearer.”
Healey is not the only top Democrat who could be in the gubernatorial campaign mix. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, the former Boston mayor, also began considering a hid after Baker declined to seek a third term, a source familiar with the considerations told CNN in December.
Democrats in Massachusetts, sin embargo, are skeptical that Walsh and Healey would choose to face off in what could be a contentious primary.
Some Democrats had already announced gubernatorial bids before Baker’s decision and Healey’s entrance, including Harvard professor Danielle Allen and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz. But Healey enters the race as the clear frontrunner given her statewide name recognition and millions in the bank to run her race.
Former President Donald Trump has loomed large in this race. After Baker spoke out against the former President on multiple occasions, the Republican leader turned on the Republican governor and endorsed former state Rep. Geoff Diehl’s bid to challenge Baker from the right.