Mass. governor has $6.5M in campaign account
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker hasn't officially declared his 2018 re-election campaign yet, but that hasn't stopped him from raising money at a ferocious clip.
As of the beginning of October, Baker reported having more than $6.5 million in cash in his campaign account.
By contrast, former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick had just $490,000 in his re-election campaign account at the same point during his first term in office, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records.
Former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney had a tenth of what Baker has in his account, about $640,000, at the same point during his first and only term. Romney opted not to seek re-election to focus on his presidential ambitions. Baker's advantage over his Democratic chal- lengers doesn't stop there. His presumed running mate (Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito) should he seek re-election in 2018 as expected his has another $3 million in her campaign, giving the GOP team more than $9.5 million in cash on hand.