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Politics & Voting in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a state located in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is known for its rich history and culture, and it is home to a vibrant political landscape. The politics of Massachusetts are primarily driven by two major political parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The state has had many notable politicians from both sides of the aisle, including late Senator Edward Kennedy and former Governor Mitt Romney. Recent initiatives such as healthcare reform have been important topics discussed among both candidates and voters alike throughout election season. In addition, local elections for city councils, school boards, and other public institutions play an important role in shaping Massachusetts’s politics. Through these elections, citizens can elect public officials that best represent their values and beliefs on a local level. Overall, Massachusetts’s political climate provides an interesting mix between red and blue states that makes it a fascinating place to observe the dynamics of American politics.

The Political Climate in Massachusetts is Very liberal.

In Massachusetts 65.6% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 32.1% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.3% voted for an Independent Party.

In the last Presidential election, Massachusetts remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 65.6% to 32.1%.
Massachusetts voted Democratic in the previous six Presidential elections

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Massachusetts is Very liberal

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts: D D D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here�s the VoteWord for Iowa � d r d d r r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last four elections.

Individual Campaign Contributions in Massachusetts

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 910,068 contributions totaling $195,655,784 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $215 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 64,144 contributions totaling $39,799,634 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $620 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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