Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will not seek re-election in 2022
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), a moderate who typically ranks as one of the nation's most popular governors, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R) announced Wednesday that they will not seek third terms in 2022.
Why it matters: The decision leaves the gubernatorial race wide open and will likely affect multiple down-ballot races next year. Baker was expected to be the front-runner had he joined the race.
What they're saying: "After several months of discussion with our families, we have decided not to seek re-election in 2022," Baker and Polito said in a statement.