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Republican Massachusetts governor will not support Trump's reelection effort

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker isn't backing President Donald Trump's reelection bid, his communications director Lizzy Guyton told CNN affiliate WCVB on Wednesday.

(CNN)Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker isn't backing President Donald Trump's reelection bid, his communications director Lizzy Guyton told CNN affiliate WCVB on Wednesday.

"The governor cannot support Donald Trump for president and is focused on seeing Massachusetts through the pandemic," Guyton wrote in an email.

At a news conference earlier Wednesday, the governor said he would "take a pass" when asked who he was supporting for president.

Baker's office later clarified to say he was taking a pass on the question, not on voting in this year's election, according to WCVB.

In March, Baker declined to tell the State House News Service whom he had voted for in the state's Republican primary, but he said he didn't vote for Trump.

The governor had previously said he didn't vote for Trump in 2016.

Baker has publicly sparred with Trump in the past.

In September, Baker urged Trump and the Senate "to allow the American people to cast their ballots for president before a new justice is nominated or confirmed" following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Baker isn't the only Republican to stop short of endorsing the President.

"I won't be voting for President Trump," Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont said in August.

Fellow Republican governor and frequent Trump critic Larry Hogan of Maryland didn't commit to voting for Trump when asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt in July, saying that he would decide who to vote for by Election Day. Former President George W.

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