When it comes to campaigns for the White House, it seems there’s always a Massachusetts connection. In the case of the current pool of prospective presidential nominees, there are several.
Former governor Deval Patrick could join at least a half-dozen other 2020 presidential hopefuls with some link to the Commonwealth.
Patrick is said to be “strongly considering” entering the field with the hopes of unseating President Trump. One person familiar with Patrick’s plans told the Globe he may announce later this week.
If he does enter the Democratic fray, Patrick would join Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge resident, who is considered to be among the front-runners.
Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is another candidate with Bay State connections who has opened the door to a potential Democratic White House bid.
Bloomberg was raised in Medford, and The Washington Post reported earlier this year that a Bloomberg team had planned a presidential launch in his hometown. That plan never came together, as he announced in March that he would not run. But Bloomberg is now once again flirting with a run, filing last week to get on the ballot in Alabama’s presidential primary.
Representative Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat and Marine combat veteran, abandoned his presidential run earlier this year after he failed to gain traction in polls and did not qualify for any of the televised debates. New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, also has Massachusetts roots. De Blasio, a Red Sox fan who grew up in Cambridge, ended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in September.
There are even more local links when it comes to the Democratic candidates’ education. Like Moulton, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., a Democrat who is still seeking his party’s nomination, was Harvard-educated. Another Democratic candidate, former secretary of housing and urban development, Julian Castro, graduated from Harvard Law.
Meanwhile, former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld has launched an insurgent campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.
This century, the state has produced two presidential nominees: then-senator John Kerry, a Democrat, in 2004, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Republican who is now representing Utah in the US Senate, in 2012.
Both failed in their bids for commander-in-chief.Material from Bloomberg, the Associated Press, and The Washington Post was used in this report. Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report. Contact Danny McDonald at email@example.com.