Mike Deehan / WGBH
November 5, 2018
Tuesday will mark one of the most nationally-charged elections in recent Massachusetts history, with voters asked to decide local and statewide races amid inescapable national undercurrents.
With the exception of the governor’s race, each incumbent is a Democrat known to voters, leaving the slate of Republican challengers with a choice between following the moderate message of Gov. Charlie Baker or embracing the populist style of President Donald Trump and the national GOP.
The Democrats in office, alongside their gubernatorial candidate, are unified in their opposition to the president. The Republican Party is scattered, with candidates across the spectrum.
Peter Tedeschi, GOP candidate for the Cape Cod and South Shore Congressional District, may be best known in Massachusetts for running his family’s namesake chain of convenience stores, but the moderate Republican has given incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Keating one of his strongest electoral challenges since taking office in 2013.
Tedeschi is perhaps the closest thing to a “Charlie Baker Republican” on the ballot besides the governor himself.
Keating, a former state senator and district attorney, has held the seat since 2013 and serves in the minority on the foreign affairs and homeland security committees.
The district, which includes the eastern half of southeastern Mass. and all of Cape Cod and the islands, voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump by 10.6 points in 2016. There are pockets of GOP support up and down the coast, though, and Tedeschi’s above-average name recognition and endorsement by Baker could aid his candidacy.
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