With former president Donald Trump backing a GOP primary challenge to the incumbent, new polling today shows Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker’s most viable path to a third term appears to be running as an independent.
According to the survey from Northwind Strategies, Baker is viewed favorably by only 23 percent of Republican general election voters and unfavorably by 68 percent. Yet he remains one of the most popular governors in the nation because of his strong standing with Democrats and independent voters in the state.
When asked during a television interview a few weeks ago about his standing within the Republican Party, Baker said that he was “very comfortable” as a “Bill Weld Republican.”
The Northwind Strategies poll out today paints a clear picture, Baker will almost certainly lose any Republican primary he tries to compete in, but leads the field as an independent in a hypothetical three-way contest.
Key result: With Baker’s potential difficulty in a R primary, there is a viable path for the Governor to run as an Independent.
Charlie Baker (I): 32%
Maura Healey (D): 26%
Geoff Diehl: (R): 21%
Not sure: 21%
MOE: 4.13% #end
— Doug Rubin (@dougrubin) November 23, 2021