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First U.S. Lesbian Governor
First U.S. Lesbian Governor

Maura Healey, currently the attorney general of Massachusetts, easily won the Democratic nomination for governor in Tuesday’s primary, making her one of two lesbian candidates who could make history in November by being elected governors.

As of 9 p.m. local time, Healey was leading Sonia Chang-Díaz 84 percent to 16 percent, and the Associated Press had called the race for her. Chang-Díaz, a state senator, ended her campaign in June but was still on the ballot.

The Republican primary has not been called yet. The two competitors are Geoff Diehl, a former Massachusetts legislator who has Donald Trump’s endorsement, and Chris Doughty, a businessman who is more moderate. The incumbent, moderate Republican Charlie Baker, is not seeking reelection.

Healey is likely to win in November, but Massachusetts, although heavily Democratic, has sometimes elected Republican governors in the past few decades, including Baker, Mitt Romney, and William Weld. “Whether Healey faces Diehl or Doughty, the attorney general will be the prohibitive favorite in the general election,” The Sun of Lowell, Mass., reports.

In 2014, Healey became the first out member of the LGBTQ+ community to be elected attorney general of any state. As AG, she has led lawsuits against opioid makers, the Trump administration, and oil companies. She was previously a civil rights lawyer in the AG’s office, where she fought the Defense of Marriage Act.
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