Massachusetts holds its Democratic and Republican primary on March 1, 2016. 116 delegates are at stake for the Democrats and 42 delegates for the Republicans. Over the last five presidential elections, the Bay State has been the third most Democratic leaning state.
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Why The State Is Significant:
• Massachusetts may be perceived as a solid blue state, but a majority of its more than 4 million registered voters consider themselves independent and are not enrolled in either major party. And they can vote in either party's primary on Super Tuesday. And despite its liberal perception, voters have elected several Republican governors over the past 20 years, including the popular Charlie Baker.
• The state's demographics may bode well for for Trump: Exit polls from 2012 and 2008, illustrated a fairly upscale, educated primary electorate, one very low on white Evangelical Christians (15 percent in 2012, 11 percent in 2008) and “Very Conservative” voters (15 percent in 2012, 18 percent in 2008), high on Catholics (55 percent in 2012, 51 percent in 2008), but also keen on independents (in an open primary, 51 percent in 2012, 44 percent in 2008).
• Republican endorsements have been a mixed bag in the state: Donald Trump's been endorsed by former U.S. senator Scott and State Rep. Geoff Diehl. Marco Rubio, meanwhile has been endorsed by the right-leaning Boston Herald and most other papers in the center and west of the state, as well as half the Republicans in the State Senate. And The Harvard Crimson reports that students are phone-banking for Rubio. Kasich, meanwhile, has been endorsed by four State reps and former Congressman Peter Torildsen.
• Hillary Clinton, who defeated then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 Massachusetts primary -- 56 percent to 40 percent - has been endorsed by most of the state's Democratic political establishment with one notable exception: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the state's highest-profile Democrat. Warren hasn't endorsed Clinton or Sanders, even as Sanders echoes Warren's criticisms of Wall Street and student load debt.