A Massachusetts senator who has raised a series of objections to the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is facing a tough fight in a state where President Donald Trump is expected to be inaugurated.
Massachusetts State Sen. Stephen Lynch (D) announced Monday that he will challenge former Gov.
Charlie Baker (R) in the special election to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Scott Brown.
The announcement came a day after Lynch called the effort “the most extreme and divisive election in American history” and called for a “fair and open process.”
The race to fill Baker’s seat is expected in a special election next year.
“I am a man of the people and this is not about me, this is about the people of Massachusetts,” Lynch said in a statement.
“I know that in Massachusetts, our elections have long been one of the most important in American politics and it is my hope that the people can put their faith in me, and their confidence in our democracy, and vote for me.”
Baker has been a vocal opponent of Trump, who has promised to roll back the health care law and who has said he will veto any legislation to repeal it.
The governor, a Democrat, has also vowed to keep Massachusetts in the state Medicaid program until it is repealed.
Baker’s opponent, State Senator Patricia Katz (D), has raised more than $5 million, with $1 million coming from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, according to her campaign.
Katz, who is black, has not released her campaign finance reports, and her campaign has not immediately responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Lynch has not filed a campaign finance report with the state.
The election will take place on Nov. 3.