Strong Turnout Predicted for Super Tuesday in Massachusetts 


Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s top elections official is predicting a strong voter turnout for the Massachusetts presidential primary, particularly among Republicans.

Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat, said Monday he expects as many as 700,000 residents to cast Republican ballots on Tuesday.

That would easily exceed the 500,000 who cast GOP ballots in 2008 and the 370,000 in 2012. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out on top in both of those years.

Town clerks around Cape Cod were reporting strong numbers in the first few hours of voting.

Almost 32 percent of voters had turned out in Dennis by 3 p.m.

Galvin says he’s less certain about turnout among Democrats in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Both candidates are making campaign stops in Massachusetts on Monday.

Galvin says turnout could be equal to the 1.2 million Bay State voters who participated in the 2008 Democratic primary when Clinton defeated then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

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