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Jesse Mermell Picks Up Endorsement From Latest Drop-Out Candidate in Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District

August 28, 2020

Now there are seven Democratic candidates in the U.S. House race in Massachusetts’s Fourth district.

Wellesley businessman Chris Zannetos dropped out of the race on Wednesday and threw his support behind former Brookline selectman Jesse Mermell, who used to work for Planned Parenthood.

“With one week left until the primary, internal polling indicated that while support was growing for [my] campaign, there was no longer a feasible path to victory with the time remaining,” Zannetos said in a press release Wednesday, August 26.

“The easy path for me would be to finish this campaign on Election Day, but that would only take votes from a candidate who is committed to fixing this issue, who can win this race.”

Earlier this month, former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General Dave Cavell also dropped out of the race and endorsed Mermell. Zannetos and Cavell’s names are still on the ballot.

Some on the Left have been concentrating their fire on Newton city councilor Jake Auchincloss, who led all candidates in fund raising during the second quarter of 2020. He has come under fire for his support for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, and a social media post in 2010 where he equated anti-American Islamists burning the American flag and Americans burning the Quran.