Molly Prince, DCNF
Massachusetts State Sen. Geoff Diehl won the state’s Republican senatorial primary Tuesday, kicking off an uphill battle against Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who ran unopposed in her Democratic primary.
Diehl edged out a victory over a field of three Republicans, earning 56 percent of the vote. He defeated attorney John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom, the former director of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.
Diehl has represented Massachusetts’ seventh district since 2011 and served as President Donald Trump’s campaign co-chair for the state of Massachusetts during the 2016 presidential election. He was notably instrumental in the state’s 2014 initiative to repeal the gas tax indexing law.
Warren, who is running for her second term as Massachusetts’ senior senator, is often considered a contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for the presidential race. She stated in July that she would not run for president, but subsequently hinted otherwise. Warren refused to commit to serving her full term if re-elected to the Senate in August.
Warren leads Diehl by more than 35 points, according to the latest statewide poll.
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