Deval Patrick bows out of 2020 presidential run

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is calling close allies and informing them he is not running for president in 2020, sources close to the governor tell POLITICO.

Patrick informed staff and advisers of his decision Tuesday, the sources say, with an announcement to come as soon as this week.

A close ally of former President Barack Obama, the Democrat rejoined the private sector at Bain Capital after serving two terms as Massachusetts’ governor. But he ramped up his political activity this fall in advance of a possible presidential bid, traveling to a handful of races across the country.

Close advisers to Patrick launched a new political action committee in August, the Reason to Believe PAC, aimed at “promoting Governor Patrick’s positive vision for Democrats to rally around in 2018.”

Patrick, who was encouraged by members of Obama’s inner circle to run in 2020, met with the former president earlier this year as part of Obama’s string of meetings with prospective candidates.

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