2020 Massachusetts Democratic primary

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2020 Massachusetts Democratic primary

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SC                         MA                         Super Tuesday II
114 delegates (91 pledged, 23 unpledged)
to the Democratic National Convention

The 2020 Massachusetts Democratic primary will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, as one of 14 contests scheduled on Super Tuesday in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election, following the South Carolina primary the weekend before. The Massachusetts primary is a semi-closed primary, with the state awarding 114 delegates, of which 91 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.

Procedure[edit]

Massachusetts is one of 14 states holding primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as "Super Tuesday".[1]

Voting is expected to take place throughout the state from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in much of the state, with some precincts opening starting at 5:45 a.m. In the semi-closed primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 24 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 91 pledged delegates, between 6 and 8 are allocated to each of the state's 9 congressional districts and another 12 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 20 at-large pledged delegates. Bonus delegates will be allocated as Massachusetts shares a primary date with numerous other states on Super Tuesday; these numbers do not yet account for these delegates.[2]

After congressional district caucuses on Saturday, April 25, 2020 during which national convention district delegates will be selected, the state convention will subsequently be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 to vote on the 20 pledged at-large and 12 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 91 pledged delegates Massachusetts sends to the national convention will be joined by 23 unpledged PLEO delegates (9 members of the Democratic National Committee; 11 members of Congress, including both Senators, notably Elizabeth Warren, and 9 U.S. Representatives, notably Seth Moulton; and former DNC chairs Steven Grossman, Debra DeLee, and Paul G. Kirk).[2]

Candidates[edit]

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth has released the following list of candidates on the ballot:[3]

Polling[edit]

Polling Aggregation
Source of poll aggregation Date
updated
Dates
polled
Bernie
Sanders
Elizabeth
Warren
Michael
Bloomberg
Joe
Biden
Pete
Buttigieg
Amy
Klobuchar
Others Un-
decided[a]
270 to Win Feb 21, 2020 Feb 16–18, 2020 17.0% 16.0% 13.0% 13.0% 13.0% 14.0% 5.0%[b] 9.0%
FiveThirtyEight Feb 21, 2020 until Feb 19, 2020 [c] 19.7% 18.2% 13.4% 12.3% 12.3% 7.4% 4.9%[d] 11.8%
Average 18.35% 17.1% 13.2% 12.65% 12.65% 10.7% 4.95%[e] 10.4%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[f]
Margin
of error
Joe
Biden
Michael
Bloomberg
Cory
Booker
Pete
Buttigieg
Kamala
Harris
Amy
Klobuchar
Beto
O'Rourke
Deval
Patrick
Bernie
Sanders
Elizabeth
Warren
Other Undecided
Falchuk & DiNatale Feb 16-18, 2020 453 (LV) 13% 13% 13% 14% 17% 16% 5%[g] 8%
University of Massachusetts Lowell Feb 12-19, 2020 450 (LV) ± 6.1% 14% 12% 15% 9% 21% 20% 6%[h] 4%
Feb 12, 2020 Patrick withdraws from the race
Falchuk & DiNatale Jan 27-30, 2020 334 (LV) 16% 8% 6% 7% 3% 12% 23% 7%[i]
Jan 13, 2020 Booker withdraws from the race
Dec 3, 2019 Harris withdraws from the race
Nov 24, 2019 Bloomberg announces his candidacy
Nov 14, 2019 Patrick announces his candidacy
Nov 1, 2019 O'Rourke withdraws from the race
WBUR Oct 16–20, 2019 456 ± 4.6% 18% 0% 7% 3% 1% 0% 13% 33% 7%[j] 15%
Suffolk University Sep 3–5, 2019 500 - 26% 1% 5% 3% 0% 1% 8% 24% 6%[k] 25%
Aug 23, 2019 Moulton withdraws from the race
Suffolk University Jun 5–9, 2019 370 ± 5.1% 22% 1% 8% 5% 0% 1% 6% 10% 5%[l] 42%
Apr 25, 2019 Biden announces his candidacy
Apr 22, 2019 Moulton announces his candidacy
Apr 14, 2019 Buttigieg announces his candidacy
Emerson College Apr 4–7, 2019 371 ± 5.0% 23% 2% 11% 7% 2% 8% 26% 14% 8%[m]
Mar 14, 2019 O'Rourke announces his candidacy
Feb 19, 2019 Sanders announces his candidacy
Feb 10, 2019 Klobuchar announces her candidacy
Feb 9, 2019 Warren announces her candidacy
Feb 1, 2019 Booker announces his candidacy
Jan 21, 2019 Harris announces her candidacy
YouGov/UMass Amherst Nov 7–14, 2018 655 19% 3% 6% 3% 10% 6% 14% 11% 1%[n] 27%
Hypothetical polling
With only Biden, Sanders and Warren
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[f]
Margin
of error
Joe
Biden
Bernie
Sanders
Elizabeth
Warren
Undecided
Evan Falchuk and Lou DiNatalie/Commonwealth Magazine Oct 23-25, 2019 443 (LV) 35% 13% 41% 11%

Results[edit]

Massachusetts Democratic primary, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Biden
Democratic Michael Bloomberg
Democratic Pete Buttigieg
Democratic Tulsi Gabbard
Democratic Amy Klobuchar
Democratic Bernie Sanders
Democratic Tom Steyer
Democratic Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Michael Bennet (withdrawn)
Democratic Cory Booker (withdrawn)
Democratic Julián Castro (withdrawn)
Democratic John Delaney (withdrawn)
Democratic Deval Patrick (withdrawn)
Democratic Marianne Williamson (withdrawn)
Democratic Andrew Yang (withdrawn)
Total votes 100%

Notes[edit]

Additional candidates
  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference undecided was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Gabbard with 3.0%; Steyer with 2.0%
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference trendline was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Steyer with 2.6%; Gabbard with 2.3%
  5. ^ Gabbard with 2.65%; Steyer with 2.3%
  6. ^ a b Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  7. ^ Gabbard with 3%; Steyer with 2%
  8. ^ Gabbard with 3%; Steyer with 2%; "Another candidate" with 1%
  9. ^ Steyer with 4%; Yang with 3%; Booker with 0%
  10. ^ Gabbard with 2%; Delaney, Steyer and Yang with 1%; Bennet, Bullock, Castro, Messam, Ryan, Sestak, and Williamson with 0%; others with 2%; would not vote with 2%
  11. ^ Gabbard with 2%; Bennet, Bullock and Yang with 1%; de Blasio, Castro, Delaney, Messam, Ryan, Sestak, Steyer and Williamson with 0%; refused with 1%
  12. ^ Gabbard, Moulton, and Yang with 1%; Bennet, Bullock, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gillibrand, Gravel, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Klobuchar, Messam, Ryan, Swalwell, and Williamson with 0%; others with 1%
  13. ^ Castro, Delaney, Gabbard, and Yang with 1%; Gillibrand and Inslee with 0%; others with 5%
  14. ^ Moulton with 1%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Massachusetts Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. May 5, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Elections: 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Candidates". www.sec.state.ma.us. Retrieved 2020-01-11.

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