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By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com

On the same day as Republican Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to focus on state races rather than the presidential election, Republican Chip Harrington officially announced Baker’s support for Harrington’s state Senate campaign.

“As a law enforcement professional and small business owner, Chip has a proven record of working for his community,” Baker said in a statement sent out by Harrington’s campaign. “His campaign for State Senate is driven by his passion for public service and Chip will always put people ahead of partisan politics.”

Harrington, of Ludlow, is challenging incumbent first-term State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow.

A day after Republican businessman Donald Trump effectively clinched the GOP nomination for president, Baker, a Republican, said he will not vote for Trump or for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the general election. He said he will focus instead on down-ballot races.

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