May 21, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Delegates participating in the Massachusetts Republican State Convention overwhelmingly selected Geoff Diehl to be the party’s endorsed candidate for Governor earlier today.
According to preliminary vote totals released by the Republican Party, Diehl received the support of approximately 71 percent of delegates in attendance at the convention, compared to just 29 percent for his challenger. As a result, Diehl is now the Republican Party’s officially-endorsed candidate for Governor heading into the state primary election to be held on September 6.
“I am tremendously honored to receive such a strong showing of support from Republican delegates at the Convention and to become the Party’s endorsed candidate for Governor,” Diehl said in remarks following the vote. “Ultimately, this vote is a credit to the strength of our campaign’s grassroots organization and the power of our message, both of which position us to win this fall.”
Notably, Diehl’s vote total was more than the 70 percent share of the convention vote received by incumbent Governor Charlie Baker when he ran for reelection in 2018.
Earlier in the day, Diehl’s running mate, Leah Cole Allen, also received the support of approximately 70 percent of convention delegates to become the party’s officially-endorsed candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Speaking to delegates at the Convention, Diehl pledged to be a force against progressive liberal policies on Beacon Hill. “This is our home and you can count on me to defend it,” Diehl said. “I’m ready, willing and able to fight for what we believe in and I have a record to prove it.”
Diehl also noted his longstanding work for Republican candidates and principles, including his support for President Trump and his successful 2014 campaign against automatic increases in the gas tax tied to the rate of inflation. “While others sat on the sidelines, selling out the hard work we Republicans put in to help Donald Trump become President in 2016, I was right here, in the arena, fighting with you, for our families and for America,” Diehl said. “I’m proud to be doing it again.”