"ONE OF THIS ELECTION’S most interesting political races features a progressive Democratic incumbent state senator who appears to have limited support within her own party facing a challenge from a state rep who may or may not have voted for Donald Trump but fashions himself a Charlie Baker Republican.Sen. Becca Rausch is the incumbent. She won what had been a reliable Republican seat in 2018 by 1,974 votes, or nearly three percentage points. She won in 2020 by 19,030 votes, or nearly 20 percentage points. She is now facing Republican Rep. Shawn Dooley of Norfolk, a House member since 2014, in a redrawn Senate district that Dooley views as a welcome map for a GOP challenge.Gov. Charlie Baker has endorsed Dooley, even though the two politicians disagree on several major issues. During the pandemic, for example, Dooley called the governor “King Charles” for imposing COVID restrictions on the public without consulting the Legislature. The two politicians, however, have never stopped talking to each other and share much in common. Both are fiscal conservatives and have shown a willingness to talk to both Republicans and Democrats."
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