Updated Nov 14, 2019

Deval Patrick enters 2020 Democratic presidential race

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick formally entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday.

Why it matters: The former governor joins a crowded Democratic field less than three months out from the Iowa caucuses.

  • The Atlantic reported earlier this week that Patrick may be planning to skip the Iowa caucuses altogether and to focus his efforts on New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The backdrop: Patrick served as Massachusetts' governor from 2007 to 2015. He's previously served in the Clinton administration as the U.S. assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. He is currently working at the private equity firm Bain Capital.

  • In 2018, Patrick said he would not run in light of his wife's cancer diagnosis. She has since been given a clean bill of health.

Of note: Patrick has already missed the filing deadlines in both Alabama and Arkansas.

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Deval Patrick announced on Thursday morning that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, months after announcing he wouldn’t. Dan and Axios' Alexi McCammond talk about how Patrick — a former civil rights lawyer, two-term Massachusetts governor and Bain Capital businessman — will be received.

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Deval Patrick's ties to Bain Capital could complicate his 2020 run

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Deval Patrick made it official this morning, announcing that he'll run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination — and he also formally resigned from Bain Capital, sources say.

The state of play: He joined the firm in 2015 to launch and lead a platform focused on "social impact investing." That group, called Bain Double Impact, is in the midst of raising its second fund. Prospective investors tell Axios' Dan Primack that Patrick had assured them he wouldn't run for president in 2020, although left the door open for the 2024 race.

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Deval Patrick on the issues, in under 500 words

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Editor's Note: Patrick dropped out of the race on February 12th, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Democrat Deval Patrick is a businessman and was the first black governor of Massachusetts. He has close personal ties to former President Obama and some of his closest advisers.

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