Governor Baker casts ballot in Swampscott, says no vote for president

SWAMPSCOTT, MA (WHDH) - Governor Charlie Baker casted his vote early Tuesday morning in his hometown of Swampscott.

But the governor says he notably left one entry blank, declining to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

“I said many months ago that I wasn’t going to be able to support Donald Trump for president for a number of reasons, and that I thought Hillary Clinton had believability problems, and nothing’s happened in the past 9 months to change my mind on that,” he said Tuesday.

The Republican governor did not vote for Trump during the GOP primary.

“This is the first time I haven’t voted for president, and I’m obviously disappointed about that,” he said.

However, Baker says he voted for all of the ballot questions and urged people to head to the polls no matter how they feel.

“I have lots of friends who are voting for Hillary Clinton, and I have lots of friends who are voting for Donald Trump,” he said. “I respect their decision and I respect their opinion. The most important thing is that people need to actually come out and actually exercise their right up and down the ballot.”

 

The governor has been a vocal supporter of increasing the number of charter schools, which is in Question 2, and he says he voted Yes on that measure.

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