BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's plans to run for a second term (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has confirmed that he will seek a second four-year term as Massachusetts' chief executive.

Baker said Tuesday on Twitter and later during a scheduled appearance in Worcester that he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan to run for re-election in 2018.

Jim Conroy, a senior political advisor to the governor, said earlier Tuesday that a formal campaign launch will come sometime after the first of the year.

The governor has maintained a brisk fundraising pace. His campaign account reported a mid-November balance of just under $7 million.

That gives the moderate Republican a huge early advantage over the three announced Democratic candidates for governor.

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9:40 a.m.

A senior political advisor to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the Republican will seek a second term, but will not formally launch his re-election campaign until next year.

The confirmation Tuesday from Jim Conroy, who managed Baker's 2014 campaign, is not unexpected as it was widely assumed on Beacon Hill that Baker would run for re-election.

The governor has maintained a brisk fundraising pace. His campaign account reported a mid-November balance of just under $7 million.

That gives the moderate Republican a huge early advantage over the announced Democratic candidates for governor, including Newton Mayor Setti Warren; former state Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez; and environmental activist Robert Massie.

Conroy says Lt. Governor Karyn Polito also plans to run for a second term.