Massachusetts State House in Boston
CNN  — 

For all but eight of the last 30 years, a Republican has occupied the governor’s office in Massachusetts.

The state that so many Americans equate with mainline liberalism – “Taxachusetts” was the GOP’s old derisive nickname – has a habit of electing Republicans to its top job, even as it sends prominent progressive leaders to Washington.

Republicans’ hold on the corner office in Beacon Hill held during the blue wave