When Weld left, his then-Lt. Gov. Paul Cellucci stepped in as acting governor and later won the office outright in 1998. Cellucci also resigned before the end of his term to become the nation’s ambassador to Canada.
Mitt Romney, who won the next governor’s race in 2002 and served only one term, announced after three years that he had accomplished all he’d set out to do as governor as he cleared the way for his first unsuccessful run for president in 2008. Unlike Weld and Cellucci, however, Romney served out his final year.