Sonia Chang-Díaz ends campaign for Mass. governor
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz announced Thursday she is ending her campaign for Massachusetts governor.
At an early morning presser, Chang-Díaz told reporters she does not see a path to victory in the state’s gubernatorial race. Ahead of the Democratic primary set for September, Chang-Díaz was viewed as the clear underdog in the race against Attorney General Maura Healey.
Chang-Díaz said she will remain on the ballot, but will no longer campaign for the role. Instead, she said, her focus will shift to elevating down-ballot Democratic candidates with similar values.
“The reality is, this race has always been about more than just me. It’s been about all of us coming together and building a movement for courage and urgency in this state,” she said in a statement. “A good leader calls the question and focuses resources not just on themselves — but on the best way to build our power and win real change for the long-term.”
From Jamaica Plain, Chang-Díaz was the first Latina and first Asian American elected to the state Senate. She was also the first woman of color to reach the gubernatorial ballot.
Healey has a sizable lead in recent polls, a robust campaign war chest and numerous endorsements from party leaders. She is expected to become the Democratic nominee ahead of the November general election.
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