Mass. Elects Nation’s First Lesbian Governor

Democratic candidate for Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey smiles after she is introduced at the IBEW headquarters in Dorchester after her primary win. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At a glance

  • Maura Healey scored a decisive and historic victory Tuesday night, becoming the state’s first elected female and first openly gay governor as well as the nation’s first openly lesbian governor.
  • The Massachusetts attorney general overwhelmed her Republican opponent, former state Rep. Geoff Diehl, and put the governorship firmly back in Democratic hands after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker declined to run for a third term.

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