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Tiny Aquinnah, Cambridge were strongholds for Obama
McCain won in the red communities. They were few and far between.
By Casey Ramsdell, Globe Correspondent, and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
The tiny town of Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard took the prize for being the biggest stronghold for presidential candidate Barack Obama in Massachusetts, with 90 percent of the 311 voters there casting a ballot for the Democrat who will be America’s first black president.
“It was not unexpected for me, as the clerk, that it would be that way,” said Carolyn Feltz, the town clerk. She said Aquinnah was a "politically liberal town."
With only 15 Republicans among the town's 398 registered voters, "You don't have to be a genius" to know which way the community will vote, she said. McCain actually got 26 votes, she said, meaning that McCain had wooed some voters away from the Democrats, unenrolled, and other parties.
Other communities that came out overwhelmingly for Obama included Cambridge (88 percent), Provincetown (88 percent), Amherst (87 percent), Shutesbury (85 percent), and Pelham (85 percent).
McCain only won 48 communities, according to unofficial returns from 349 of the state's 351 cities and towns. A map showing who won in each town is a sea of blue with just a few patches of red.
The town of East Brookfield provided the biggest margin for the Arizona senator, giving him 56 percent of the votes. It was followed by Lynnfield (55 percent), Lakeville (54 percent), and Hanover (54 percent).