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AG Maura Healey expected to announce run for governor Thursday

Healey's announcement would make her the third Democrat to enter the race.

Attorney General Maura Healey. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe, File

A new Democrat seems poised to enter the race for governor.

The Boston Globe reports that party leaders say Attorney General Maura Healey will announce her candidacy for the state’s top office tomorrow.

WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller also heard from unnamed sources that Healey would soon enter the race, though he cautioned that no one from her staff has confirmed the rumors.

Healey’s interest in the state’s top job has long been a cause for speculation. Media reports note her statewide popularity and nearly $3.7 million political war chest.

In the same breath, Marty Walsh — the former Boston mayor and current Labor Secretary — is also usually mentioned as a possible candidate. So far, he’s made no announcement.

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Healey’s candidacy would make her the third Democrat to enter the race. State Sen. Sonya Chang Diaz and Harvard professor Danielle Allen have also announced intentions to run.

In December, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito both said they would not seek re-election. So far, the only Republican running is former state Rep. Geoff Diehl.

Over the last 30 years, Massachusetts has had six governors. Despite the state’s Democratic leanings, five of those governors have been Republicans.

While Jane Swift served as acting governor of Massachusetts, after former Gov. Paul Cellucci became the ambassador to Canada, the state has never elected a female governor.

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