Mass. gov­er­nor has $6.5M in cam­paign ac­count

Woonsocket Call - - Obit­u­ar­ies/Re­gion -

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.

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