State House News Service

BOSTON -- Republican Charlie Baker, the GOP's 2010 nominee for governor, is expected to announce his decision on whether to run again in 2014 within the next two weeks, according to a Republican source who indicated Baker is likely to enter the race.

Baker, the former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, lost to Gov. Deval Patrick in 2010.

Whether former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown wanted to run for governor has been a factor in Baker's decision process, but the GOP source said that question appears to have been "figured out" at this point.

Baker appeared on Boston Public Radio on Tuesday afternoon, and when asked the question about running for governor he said, "The Bakers know they need to make a decision by Labor Day. That's our plan."

Baker, who picked former Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei as his running mate in 2010, also commented on the impending departure of Sen. Michael Knapik, a Westfield Republican, this week from the state Senate.

Knapik's resignation will drop the GOP ranks in the Senate, at least temporarily, from four to three.

"We win the quality battle over the quantity battle in the Senate, big time," Baker said on the radio.