Citing ‘cruelty of our elections process,’ Patrick officially backs out of 2020 bid

POLITICO reports that Deval Patrick will not run for President in 2020.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to skip a 2020 presidential run came down to the impact the "cruelty of our elections process" would have on the people close to him, he said in a statement published Thursday morning.

"I’ve been overwhelmed by advice and encouragement from people from all over the country, known and unknown. Humbled, in fact," Patrick said in a statement posted to Facebook. "But knowing that the cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn’t signed up for the journey, was more than I could ask."

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