MASSACHUSETTS 11 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Secretary of the Commonwealth)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.           6,892,503
Total Registration, Nov. 2020                                  
Massachusetts has: 43 cities and 308 towns; 14 counties.
Largest counties: Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk.
Largest cities: Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, Lowell. 

Government
Governor: Charlie Baker (R) elected 2014, re-elected 2018.
State Legislature: The General Court of the Commonwealth of Mass.   House: 160 seats  Senate: 40 seats 
Local: Cities & Towns    NACO
U.S. House: 9D1. R.Neal (D) | 2. J.McGovern (D) | 3. L.Trahan (D) | 4. J.Kennedy (D) | 5. K.Clark (D) | 6. S.Moulton (D) | | 7. A.Pressley (D) | 8. S.Lynch (D) | 9. B.Keating (D) >
U.S. Senate: Elizabeth Warren (D) elected in 2012, Ed Markey (D) seeking re-election in 2020.
2020
U.S. Senate: Sen. Ed Markey (D) fended off a strong primary challenge from Rep. Joe Kennedy (D), and faces attorney Kevin O'Connor (R).
U.S. House: Rep. Joe Kennedy's run for Senate created an open seat; Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss (D) faces former Attleboro City Councilor Julie Hall (R).
State Legislature: All seats in the House and Senate are up.

Ballot Measures:
There are two statewide ballot measures.  Question 1, "right to repair," addresses access to wirelessly transmitted mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair.  Question 2 would implement ranked choice voting (yes | no).

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The Bay State

General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 14, 2020.

Early Voting: Oct. 19-30, 2020.


On the ballot
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Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Hawkins/Walker (Grn.-Rbw.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


Trump/Pence (Rep.)






Ballot Access: A non-party candidate seeking to have his or her name placed on the ballot must obtain at least 10,000 certified signatures on nomination papers. These papers must include the names of the eleven elector candidates (who must be registered voters in Massachusetts) for each presidential candidate and vice-presidential running mate.
Overview: Massachusetts' 11 electoral votes are solidly in the Democratic column; the last time the Republican ticket carried Massachusetts was 1984.
  
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who ended her presidential primary run on March 5, was seen as a leading potential running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden.
[State Primary: September 1, 2020]
Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Enrollment for the primary: Dem. 1,491,600 (32.56%, Rep. 462,586 (10.10%), Grn-Rbw 3,807 (0.08%), Lib. 19,851 )0.43%), Unenrolled 2,564,076 (55.97%) and political designations 39,399 (0.86%)... Total 4,581,319. 
Democrats
Biden 473,861 (33.51%), Sanders 376,900 (26.65%), Warren 303,864 (21.49%), Bloomberg 166,200 (11.75%)... Total 1,418,180. 
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114 Delegates: 59 District, 20 At-Large, 12 PLEO and 23 Unpledged

Republicans
Trump 239,115 (87.0%), Weld 25,425 (9.3%), Walsh 3,008 (1.1%)... Total 277,002.
Libertarian primary - 4,159 votes cast, Vermin Supreme narrowly topped a field of 10 candidates.
Green-Rainbow primary - 1,620 votes cast, Dario Hunter narrowly bested 4 other candidates.



General Election Winners in Massachusetts, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
47.54%
Clinton
61.47%
Gore
59.80%
Kerry
61.94%
Obama
61.80%
Obama
60.65%
Clinton
61.87%
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General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,947,241.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 67.2%.



Voter Registration Deadline
: Oct. 19, 2016.

Early Voting: Oct. 24-Nov. 4, 2016.
1,038,144 early votes cast.

Ballot access note: A non-party candidate seeking to have his or her name placed on the ballot must obtain at least 10,000 certified signatures on nomination papers. These papers must include the names of the eleven elector candidates (who must be registered voters in Massachusetts) for each presidential candidate and vice-presidential running mate.
Official Results >

 
+Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
1,995,196
(61.87)
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
1,090,893
(33.83)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
138,018
(4.28)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.-Rbw.)
47,661
(1.48)
write-ins (5)
2,790
(0.09)
All others
50,488
(1.57)
Total........3,225,046



write-ins includes 2,719 for McMullin/Johnson.

Including 53,755 blank votes, 3,378,801 total votes were cast for president.
Overview:  Clinton-Kaine won with a plurality of 904,303 votes (28.04 percentage points), carrying all counties.  A striking number of votes were blanks (including Gov. Charlie Baker (R) who told reporters he voted blank for president)., and there were also many for "others."
   The major party candidates mainly used the state for fundraising stops (visits), while their campaigns mobilized activists to help in neighboring New Hampshire.
   As in 2012 Massachusetts had two candidates on the presidential ballot: Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and former Gov. Bill Weld, the Libertarian nominee for vice president.

Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]


General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,781,421.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 66.3%.



Voter Registration Deadline
: October 17, 2012.

Ballot access note:
A non-party candidate seeking to have his or her name placed on the ballot must obtain at least 10,000 certified signatures on nomination papers. These papers must include the names of the eleven elector candidates (who must be registered voters in Massachusetts) for each presidential candidate and vice-presidential running mate.
Official Results >

 
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
30,920
(0.98)
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
1,921,290
(60.65)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
1,188,314
(37.51)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.-Rbw.)
20,691
(0.65)
All others
6,552
(0.21)
Total........3,167,767


Including 16,429 blanks, 3,184,196 total votes were cast for president.
2012 Overview
Former Gov. Mitt Romney lost his home state and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, also from Massachusetts, did not do well here either.  Obama gained a pluralitly of 732,976 votes (23.14 percentage points) keeping the Bay State solidly in the Democratic column.  Romney made periodic visits including for fundraising and stops at his national campaign headquarters; the Democratic principals also made fundraising visits (+).  The campaigns organized activists to help out in the neighboring battleground state of New Hampshire.
Obama  | 
Romney
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,652,749.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 66.2%.


Total Registration: 4,220,488.
Dem. 1,559,464 (36.95%)   Rep. 490,259 (11.62%)  Unenrolled 2,141,878 (50.75%)   Grn-Rbw 6,728   WF 5,534   More 16,625


Official Results >


Baldwin/Castle (Const.) 4,971
(0.16)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
13,189
(0.43)
McCain/Palin (Rep.)
1,108,854
(35.99)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.- Rbw.)
6,550
(0.21)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
28,841
(0.94)
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
1,904,097
(61.80)
All others
14,483
(0.47)
Total........3,080,985



Including 22,010
blanks, 3,102,995 total votes were cast.
2008 Overview
The Obama-Biden ticket carried the Bay State with a plurality of 795,243 votes (25.81 percentage points).  Independent candidate Ralph Nader provided one of the highlights of the Massachusetts campaign with a marathon day of speeches on Oct. 25.  The only appearances by the major party principals were for fundraisers: John McCain in Boston on June 12, Barack Obama in Boston on Aug. 4, and Joe Biden in Boston and Holyoke on Sept. 10.
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,533,859.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 64.2%.


Registration: Dem. 1,526,711 (37.25%)   Rep. 532,319 (12.99%)   Lib. 23,900 (0.58%)   GrnRnb. 9,509 (0.23%)   Other 2,000,062 (48.80%) ...   Total 4,098,634.
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 
15,022
(0.52)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,071,109
(36.78)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.-Rbw.)
10,623
(0.36)
Kerry/Edewards (Dem.)
1,803,800
(61.94)
Nader/Camejo (Unenrolled)
4,806
(0.17)
All Others
7,028
(0.24)
Total........2,912,388

Including 15,067 blanks, 2,927,455 total votes were cast.

2004 Overview
Native son John Kerry carried Massachusetts with a solid plurality of 732,691 votes (25.16 percentage points).

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,517,052.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 59.9%.


Registration: Dem. 1,460,881 (36.4%)   Rep. 546,333 (13.6%)   Lib. 16,071 (0.4%)   Unenrolled, Other 1,985,511(49.5%) ...  Total 4,008,796.
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
 16,366
(0.61)
Buchanan/Higgins,Sr.(Ref.)
 11,149
(0.41)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
 878,502
(32.50)
+Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
 1,616,487
(59.80)
Hagelin/Tompkins (Unenr.)
2,884
(0.11)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
173,564
(6.42)
McReynolds/Hollis (w/in)
42
 - 
All others
3,990
 (0.15)
Total........2,702,984

Including 31,022 blanks, 2,734,006 total votes were cast.

2000 Overview
Solidly Democratic Massachusetts went solidly for Gore as he won the state's 12 electoral votes with a plurality of 737,985 votes (27.30 percentage points).  Gore carried all counties.  Ralph Nader's 6.42% was his third best showing of any state.  Massachusetts came to the fore on Oct. 3 when the first presidential debate was held at UMass in Boston; both sides mobilized their supporters, and Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan and Harry Browne were also on hand in the city.  Gore and Lieberman had also visited the state earlier, holding a rally and a fundraising gala in Boston on Sept. 13.

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Clinton (Dem.).....1,318,639
(47.54)
Bush (Rep.)............805,039
(29.02)
Perot.....................630,731 
(22.74)
Others (5+w/ins)......19,255
(0.69)
Total........2,773,664

1996
Clinton (Dem.).....1,571,763
(61.47)
Dole (Rep.)............718,107
(28.08)
Perot (Ref.)............227,217 
(8.89)
Others (3+w/ins)......39,699
(1.55)
Total........2,556,786