The former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, is considering running late for the Democratic presidential race, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations.
Patrick, a close friend and ally of former President Barack Obama, ruled out a presidential candidacy earlier this year, but since then he has been talking to Democratic agents and donors about launching a campaign. Their deliberations occur when some Democrats express uncertainty about the current crop of party contenders.
Patrick has not made a final decision on whether he should run and faces deadlines that are fast approaching to reach the ballot in key states. New Hampshire, the first state to hold a primary contest, has a deadline on Friday.
Patrick is the second Democrat to weigh in the race at this late juncture, less than three months before the start of the Iowa committees. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also reconsidering a career, citing concerns about The current ability of leading Democratic candidates to defeat President Donald Trump. Bloomberg is expected to make a final decision on his outlook for 2020 in a matter of days.
People with knowledge of Patrick's deliberations spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Patrick made history as the first black governor of Massachusetts, serving from 2007 to 2015.