Live blog: Clinton, Trump take Massachusetts

Here are the latest reports from the Bay State and beyond.

It’s a Super Tuesday for Clinton and Trump

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton swept through the South on Super Tuesday, claiming victory in their parties’ primaries in delegate-rich Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia. The front-runners appeared ever more likely to end up in a general election showdown.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas, the night’s single biggest prize, as well as neighboring Oklahoma. Democrat Bernie Sanders picked up his home state of Vermont, as well as Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota, but failed to broaden his appeal with minority voters who are crucial to the party in presidential elections.


The night belonged to Trump and Clinton, who turned the busiest day of the 2016 primaries into a showcase of their strength with a wide swath of American voters.. Read more.

Associated Press

Clinton wins Georgia, Virginia; Sanders wins Vermont

Hillary Clinton claimed Super Tuesday victories in the Georgia and Virginia Democratic primaries, while rival Bernie Sanders carried his home state of Vermont. Republican races in those states were too close to call as polls closed. Read more.

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Voters cast ballots at a polling station Tuesday in North Andover. —Elise Amendola / AP

Voter turnout in Massachusetts projected to smash presidential primary records

Regardless of who Massachusetts voters ultimately choose in Tuesday’s presidential primary, the state appears to be on track for a historic day.

According to the Boston Election Department, 81,372 votes had been cast in the city as of the 3 p.m. count, for a turnout rate of 21.2 percent.

Based off those numbers, MassINC Polling President Steve Koczela projected total turnout in Massachusetts will fall around 2.1 million by the times polls close at 8 p.m. As Secretary of State William Galvin predicted Monday, such turnout would easily top the previous 2008 turnout record of 1.8 million. Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Worcester officer walks 95-year-old woman home from the polls

A Worcester resident captured a moment of civic responsibility and public service on Super Tuesday.


Worcester police posted the photo of an officer walking arm-in-arm with a 95-year-old woman, escorting her home after casting her vote at the polls. Read more.

Dialynn Dwyer

Did you take a picture of your ‘I Voted’ sticker in Boston today?

On Tuesday, residents in 12 states headed to their local precincts to vote in the presidential primaries; “I Voted’’ stickers will be distributed in certain places to those who fill out their ballots. Read more.

Emily Anderson

A Tufts student stands outside the campus center, where students offered free rides to the polls. —Allison Pohle /

Yes, college students are voting. But that doesn’t mean they’ll tell you who they’re voting for

Tufts University student Gabby Roncone rolled down the passenger window of a minivan, letting the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry’’ play out toward campus.

“Hey,’’ she said to a friend standing near a “Remember to Vote’’ sign. “Can I pick you up? Ready to go do your civic duty?’’

“I don’t have time,’’ he said. “And I’m not registered to vote in Massachusetts anyways.’’

Those reasons—time and not being registered—are two of the biggest hurdles that face students, and citizens at large, when it comes to voting. Read more.

Allison Pohle

President Bill Clinton greets people at the Newton Free Library on election day. —Lane Turner / The Boston Globe

Did Bill Clinton violate election rules by venturing into a polling location?

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been “reminded’’ not to solicit votes near polling sites after President Bill Clinton ventured into a polling location in Boston on Tuesday, the Secretary of the Commonwealth said.

Massachusetts election rules forbid the solicitation of a vote for or against a candidate, party, or position within 150 feet of a polling place. Read more.


Eric Levenson and Adam Vaccaro

Middleborough High School, polling location for three of the town’s five precincts. Middleborough has the highest proportion of unenrolled voters (in towns with more than 10,000 voters) with 66 percent. —Ben Oliver /

In Middleborough, unenrolled voters seek change and inspiration

Along side streets and in front yards across Middleborough, signs supporting Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have popped up.

The two presidential candidates couldn’t be more different in their political beliefs. But their messages have something in common, said George Davey, chairman of the Middleborough Republican Town Committee.

“They’re miles apart with their philosophy,’’ he said. “But something about them stirs people.’’ Read more.

Allison Manning

Al Sepehr, 45, isn’t sure who he’ll vote for yet. —Ben Oliver/ Staff

For some voters, there’s no good choice in the Massachusetts primary

Al Sepehr is in trouble.

It’s primary day in Massachusetts, and the 45-year-old doctor still doesn’t know who he’s going to vote for. And he’s putting off his decision as long as possible. He was at town hall in Dover on Tuesday morning dealing with his taxes, but he just wasn’t ready to walk into a voting booth.

“What I’m looking for is someone fiscally responsible and socially progressive who isn’t an establishment candidate,’’ he said. “I’m stuck.’’ Read more.

Allison Manning

Gov. Charlie Baker (with his wife Lauren) didn’t say who he voted for on Tuesday in Swampscott. —Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff

Gov. Baker, Sen. Warren still won’t say who they’re voting for

Massachusetts voters aren’t getting much guidance from their party’s top officials this election day.

Both Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, the two standard-bearers in Massachusetts politics, declined to say who they would be voting for or who they’d endorse on Tuesday.

“I voted for the person I thought was the best candidate,’’ Baker said. Read more.

Eric Levenson

A Hillary campaign sign outside Higginson Lewis K-8 school in Roxbury. —Allison Pohle/

At Boston precinct Obama won in 2008, Clinton voters out in full force

With her head down and arms swinging, Eva Boyce power-walked past local politicians standing outside her polling location at Higginson Lewis K-8 school in Roxbury.

“Do you have a minute to sign this petition for –’’ one canvasser began.

“Nope, I’m on a mission,’’ Boyce said. “I don’t want to get distracted. I need to get in there and vote for Hillary.’’

Eight years ago, voters like Boyce were a rare find in Boston’s Ward 12, precinct 3, which is where Clinton had the fewest percentage of voters in all of Boston. Even though Clinton won the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary in 2008, taking 56 percent of the vote, only 13 percent of the precinct’s voters chose Clinton, while 85.5 percent chose Obama. Read more.

Allison Pohle

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expresses his support for Donald Trump in Millington, Tennessee.REUTERS

New Hampshire newspaper takes back Christie endorsement: ‘Boy, were we wrong’

The New Hampshire Union-Leader would like to take back everything nice they said about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Christie was our bad choice,’’ Joseph McQuaid, the publisher of the paper, wrote in an editorial on Monday night. Read more.

Eric Levenson

Scenes from the Super Tuesday primaries

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) —Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Fake New York Times article claims Warren endorsed Sanders

A webpage that masqueraded as a New York Times article and claimed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had endorsed Bernie Sanders for president circulated widely on social media on Monday. Read more.

New York Times News Service

Donald Trump speaks Monday at a rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. —Andrew Harnik / AP

Democrats prepare a Donald Trump battle plan

In the days after Donald J. Trump vanquished his Republican rivals in South Carolina and Nevada, prominent Democrats supporting Hillary Clinton arranged a series of meetings and conference calls to tackle a question many never thought they would ask: How do we defeat Trump in a general election? Read more.

New York Times News Service

During Milton rally, Bernie Sanders calls on Mass. residents to lead a ‘political revolution’

As she waited outside Milton High School Monday afternoon, Hannah Carroll shifted her weight from one foot to the other, passing a homemade Bernie Sanders sign between her hands. When she balanced on her right foot, she appeared to be a regular high school senior. When she balanced on her left foot, the mask up to her face, she became a pseudo-Bernie Sanders look alike — should the Vermont senator ever choose to wear a hoodie and leggings.

“We’re basically identical,’’ Sanders (err, Carroll) said. “His views are my views. I’m not able to vote for him now because my birthday was six days after registration for the primary, but I’m hoping maybe he’ll see this mask I made in art class and know that I support him.’’ Read more.

Allison Pohle

New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft. —AP

Patriots owner Bob Kraft praises ‘very close friend’ Donald Trump on eve of Mass. primary

It’s no news that Donald Trump is friends with a particular member of the New England Patriots. But he has another relationship that goes all the way to the top.

In a statement to The Boston Globe, team owner Bob Kraft had “glowing words’’ for the Republican presidential candidate and friend on the eve of the Massachusetts primary. Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Secretary of State William Galvin. —Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Galvin: Republican turnout for Mass. primary will be higher than in 2008

As Massachusetts gears up for Super Tuesday, Secretary of State William Galvin predicts a higher Republican turnout than in 2008, the last time there was a presidential race without an incumbent.

“It was around 500,000 in 2008. This time I think it could go as high as 700,000,’’ Galvin, a Democrat, told Read more.

Kristi Palma

John Kasich holds a town hall campaign event Monday in Plymouth, Massachusetts. —Steven Senne / AP

John Kasich says everybody needs to take a step back and chill for a second, before anointing a Republican nominee.

Campaigning Monday in Plymouth—not far from his wife’s Newton roots and his family’s vacation spot on the Cape—the Ohio governor looked to position himself above the sinking discourse of the Republican primary, both in substance and tone.

“I can’t believe we’re in Plymouth,’’ Kasich said. “I’ve been looking for pilgrims since I got out of the car.’’ Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Mitt Romney. —Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Mitt Romney calls Donald Trump’s response to former KKK leader’s support ‘disqualifying & disgusting’

Mitt Romney’s 2016 rock-throwing crusade toward Donald Trump continued Monday afternoon.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate tweeted that Trump’s refusal Sunday to disavow the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was “disqualifying’’ and “disgusting.’’ Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Hillary Clinton speaks Monday during a “Get Out The Vote” event at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. —Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Forget the Bern: Hillary Clinton sets sights on Trump at Boston rally

Hillary Clinton set her sights on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump Monday as she rallied supporters in Boston, attacking the GOP at every possible turn as Super Tuesday looms.

With just a day left until the Massachusetts primary, polls have shown a tight race between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Outside of Massachusetts, though, the former Secretary of State has a dominant lead in the 11 states that will vote on Tuesday and a clear path to securing the Democratic nomination.

“As people have heard what the leading candidates on the Republican side are saying, more and more people are really focused on making sure that we reject the mean-spiritedness, the demagoguery, the bigotry being peddled by Republican candidates,’’ she said. “America never stopped being great.’’ Read more.

Eric Levenson

We asked 10 Bostonians why they waited to see Hillary Clinton

“I’m interested in politics,’’ said James Defilippi, 8. Read more.

Eric Levenson

Wellesley College. —Katherine Taylor / The New York Times

Democrats fight for young voters in Massachusetts primary

Here among the historic brick towers and wooded hills of Hillary Clinton’s alma mater, Wellesley Students for Hillary has a robust campus organization. But so has Wellesley Students for Bernie.

On Thursday night, the pro-Sanders group brought the actress Susan Sarandon to campus and drew nearly 200 people, though many were from outside the college. Read more.

New York Times News Service

Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks with lawmakers in Washington. —Evan Vucci / AP

Why Sen. Elizabeth Warren hasn’t endorsed a candidate yet

No, Sen. Elizabeth Warren still hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.

But that hasn’t stopped supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders from spinning the Massachusetts senator’s silence to their liking. In the absence of a stamp of approval for either candidate from the Senate’s progressive prophet, other voices have filled the vacuum. Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Hillary Clinton is surrounded by security Monday as she poses for a photo with a supporter at a campaign event at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. —Elise Amendola / AP

Hillary Clinton holds single-digit lead in new Massachusetts primary poll

Hillary Clinton maintains a single-digit lead in Massachusetts, one of the handful of states the Bernie Sanders campaign hopes to be competitive in Tuesday.

According to a Suffolk University poll released Sunday evening, the former secretary of state has the support of 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Bay State, leading Sanders’ with 42 percent. Eight percent said they were still undecided. Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Donald Trump speaks to supporters Saturday at a rally at Madison City Schools Stadium in Madison, Alabama. —Marvin Gentry / REUTERS

Weekend before Massachusetts primary, poll shows a Donald Trump blowout

A new Massachusetts Republican primary poll Saturday reinforces what the last two polls have found: Donald Trump continues to lead the field, and it’s not even close.

According to the Suffolk University poll, released three days before Bay Staters hit the voting booths Tuesday, the Republican billionaire has 43 percent support among likely GOP voters. He leads Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 20 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 17 percent.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson trailed with 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Seven percent said they were still undecided. Read more.

Nik DeCosta-Klipa

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