The Massachusetts governor’s race got shaken up earlier today when Paul Loscocco, lieutenant governor running mate of independent Tim Cahill, announced that he’s withdrawing from the campaign and endorsing the Republican, Charlie Baker.
Loscocco’s resignation is likely the coup de grace for Cahill’s chances. He’s already in the single digits according to a Rasmussen poll released on the 28th. It’s good news for Baker who is behind just 5 points behind the current Democratic governor Deval Patrick.
“Tim cannot win,” Loscocco said during a news conference at Baker’s campaign headquarters. “Our message has not resonated with the voters.”
Loscocco’s departure is yet another setback for Cahill who lost top adviser John Weaver and his campaign manager Adam Meldrum about a week ago. He’s vowing to stay in the race, however, according to the AP.
Widespread anger with government has led to many millions of new political activists and politicians within the Republican party this year but it also has led to independent candidates refusing to go along with either the Republicans or Democrats. Historically, such candidates have had trouble finishing strongly as voters tend to gravitate toward the two major parties closer to Election Day.
For Loscocco, the writing on the wall was clear:
“I cannot sit idly by as my friends and supporters cast their votes for my ticket, knowing that the best chance to defeat Governor Patrick is with Charlie Baker. I cannot and will not let my ego get in the way of doing what is right for Massachusetts,” he said at the conference.
It’s been a topsy-turvy few months for the Bay State which has seen Democrats’ fortunes in the stereotypically liberal state fall, starting first with Patrick’s decline in popularity, then Scott Brown’s victory in the special Senate election of 2009. Even Congressman Barney Frank is facing a serious challenge for his reelection from Republican Sean Bielat.