Baker may spend up to $20 million on re-election campaign

Gov. Charlie Baker
Gov. Charlie Baker –AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he may spend up to $20 million in the campaign to keep his seat in the corner office.

The Republican and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, were required to set the cap because they didn’t accept public financing and the $1.5 million limit that would have come with it.

Baker’s Democratic opponent Jay Gonzalez, who agreed to the public limits, can now also spend up to $20 million. Gonzalez will receive about $743,000 from the state campaign fund.

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who also opted out of the public program, set a $2.5 million spending cap that will apply to her Republican opponent James McMahon.

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In the secretary of state’s race, Republican Anthony Amore set a $2 million cap, which now applies to Democratic incumbent William Galvin.

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