It would be disingenuous to compare elections in Massachusetts and Mississippi, said James Jennings of Tufts, because they take place in different contexts. The two states have a different set of challenges based on region, history, and populations.
He cited the election of Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate. Warren courted voters of color, unlike the 2010 special election to fill the seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy, a race that pitted Republican Scott Brown against Democrat Martha Coakley.
“They both ignored black and Latino voters,” Jennings said.
So, he said, the gap between voters of color and white voters was probably bigger.
Andrew Ryan of the Globe staff contributed to this report.