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Massachusetts ex-Governor Patrick enters crowded Democratic presidential race

Massachusetts ex-Governor Patrick enters crowded Democratic presidential race
FILE PHOTO: Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stands to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 364th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo   -   Copyright  Brian Snyder(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will seek the Democratic nomination for president, entering a crowded field of candidates vying to run against Republican Donald Trump in 2020, he said in a campaign video released on Thursday.

Patrick, 63, is a Harvard-trained lawyer and two-term former governor who has been working as a managing director of the Boston investment firm Bain Capital. A close ally of former Democratic President Barack Obama, Patrick, who is African-American, joins nearly 20 other candidates seeking the nomination.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein and Susan Heavey; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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