With the harrowing defeat of this year's presidential election over, Massachusetts Democrats are ready to set their sights on the State House.
On the heels of the election, the Democratic State Committee chose Gus Bickford to serve as party chairman, succeeding state Sen. Thomas McGee, WCVB reported.
All of the statewideconstitutional offices, including thegovernorship will be up for election in 2018. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading national voice for progressive Democrats, will also be up for a new six-year term. Massachusetts' nine U.S. House seats and all 200 seats in the state legislature will be up for grabs as well.
The Democrats are confident Charlie Baker will seek re-election as governor and worry they could cede other seats to Republicans in 2018. Ex-Red Sox pitcher and conservative mouthpiece Curt Schilling has expressed interest in challenging Warren.
Beating Baker won't be an easy feat for state Democrats. The first-term governor is wildly popular and has maintained a 70 percent approval rating throughout his first two years, the Boston Globe reported.