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Massachusetts official departs governor’s race

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BOSTON (AP) — Secretary of State William Galvin is withdrawing from the governor's race and will instead run for re-election.

Galvin, 51, said Wednesday that the Democratic Party's outdated election procedures have driven a wedge between the party and the people and made it difficult for credible candidates to succeed.

Galvin's decision leaves five Democrats in this fall's race: former Democratic National Committee leader Steve Grossman, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Senate President Thomas Birmingham, former state Sen. Warren Tolman, and state Treasurer Shannon O'Brien.

Acting Gov. Jane Swift, a Republican, also is running.