Massachusetts was one of a dozen states that voted in primary elections or caucuses on Tuesday, March 1 – Super Tuesday. The state results were largely as predicted by numerous polls: Donald Trump won the Republican primary and Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary.
Locally, this held true as well. Trump and Clinton were overwhelmingly the most popular candidates on the Republican and Democratic ballots, respectively, in South Boston.
In South Boston (Wards 6 and 7 in Boston), 8,065 Democratic votes were cast and 2,975 Republican votes were cast in the primary earlier this week.
On the Democratic side, Clinton received 51.57 percent of South Boston’s Democratic votes, while Sen. Bernie Sanders received 45.63 percent. The remaining percent of Democratic votes went to former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who suspended his campaign prior to Super Tuesday, and other candidates, including write-in votes.
On the Republican side, Trump received 45.28 percent of South Boston’s Republican votes, easily surpassing the other candidates on the ballot. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio received 24.2 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich received 18.55 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received 8.07 percent and Dr. Ben Carson received 1.98 percent. The remaining percentage was for write-in votes and candidates who had previously suspended their campaigns, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, former New York governor George Pataki, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina.
Statewide, Trump received 49.3 percent of Republicans’ votes in the primary, while Clinton received 50.1 percent of Democrats’ votes in the primary, according to the Boston Globe’s results.