BOSTON (AP) — Former Republican state representative Karyn Polito says she is re-entering politics as a candidate for lieutenant governor.

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Polito made the announcement Tuesday at a diner in her home town of Shrewsbury surrounded by friends and supporters.

She will run in 2014 on a ticket with GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, who attended the news conference and threw his support behind Polito.

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Governors and lieutenant governors run separately in their respective party primaries in Massachusetts, but Republican candidates in recent times have typically identified their preferred running mates earlier in the process.

Polito ran for state treasurer in 2010 and lost to Democrat Steven Grossman, who has announced a run for governor.

Baker, the former head of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, is the only Republican to declare a run for governor.

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