BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has lost a competitor for his seat.
Democrat Setti Warren announced Thursday morning that he would be dropping out of the race, citing “insurmountable” financial hurdles.
The former Newton mayor wrote that he is proud of his career in public service and that “one thing has always stood in our way,” referring to campaign fundraising difficulties.
“Even though we raised a lot of money from small- dollar donations, raising the kind of money we need to build a grassroots campaign that can take on Charlie Baker has been our biggest challenge from Day 1,” Warren said in a statement.
Warren’s current campaign fund holds $51,644 after a year of campaigning, compared to Governor Baker’s $7.9M war chest, according to The Boston Globe.
In addition to Baker’s robust fundraising, a recent poll by Morning Consult found that Gov. Baker is one of the best-liked governors in the country, touting a 71% approval rating.
Warren’s exit from the race leaves two lesser-known Democrats to take on the incumbent.
The former Newton mayor served his hometown for eight years. In his withdrawal letter he wrote to his supporters: “though this effort was unsuccessful, I still believe in my heart that I have the capacity to help people. I will continue to look for new ways to serve.”