GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is well on his way to winning the Massachusetts primary, one of ten contests which will take place next week on Super Tuesday (March 6). With 437 total delegates up for grabs, its the single-largest day of the 2012 campaign to date, one that will profoundly shape the outcome of the GOP nomination process.
There's little contest in Massachusetts, however, with former governor Romney well-poised to win big in the state. "I didn't even know we were having [a primary]" joked Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry.
State Representative Brad Hill said he doesn't know of a single fellow Republican who will not vote for Romney. "I think he's going to do very well here," he said.
The Romney campaign hasn't even needed to spend any money on local TV ads, because he is a lock to win big. "I haven't heard a lot of back-and-forth about anyone else," said Republican Town Committee member Jack Buba.
In 2008, the race was much more competitive, although Romney edging out Arizona Sen. John McCain with 51 percent of the vote. This year, he's expected to capture more than 60 percent of the vote. The only hurdle may be a lack of strong voter turnout, if people view the race as uncompetetive.
Romney’s supporters include Senator Scott Brown, the head of the state Republican Party, all four Republican state senators, and all but one of the 33 Republican state representatives.
PolicyMic will be updating this page with live updates on Massachusetts as they come in. Check back for more over the weekend.
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UPDATE: 8:01 p.m. With 0% of polls reporting, Romney is projected the winner. That was too easy.
Tuesday 6:05 p.m. Romney Votes (For Himself?) Mitt and Ann Romney turned out at their polling place, a senior center called the Beech Street Center, a little after 5 p.m. EST to cast their ballots in the Massachusetts primary.
“You might guess who I might have voted for,” Romney said, chuckling, according to a pool report from the event.
12:30 PM Romeny Ready to Party On Super Tuesday: Romney will return to Massachusetts, the state where he served as governor, to vote Tuesday in the Bay State's primary. His election night party is also in Boston.
12:00 PM Romney looks like he'll easily win on home territory. Polls conducted in the state suggest the former governor is likely to win about 60% of the vote on Tuesday. None of the candidates have actively campaigned here.
As PolicyMicer Silvia Cruz explains: "As I’d like to think I stay relatively up-to-date on the presidential election coverage, but around here in Massachusetts, it’s been pretty quiet. Except for the occasional bumper sticker (usually touting support for Romney), there seems to be little evidence of a presidential election at all (the Senate race is an entirely different story of course). No phone calls, no rallies, not one television ad! Granted, I hate commercials and generally don’t watch anything in real time. So perhaps in my eagerness to hit the “skip forward” button on my DVR I’ve passed over a few gritty Super PAC ads. But, I highly doubt it.
"Perhaps it is because Romney’s win here is a foregone conclusion — the polls have him leading Santorum by 48%. Perhaps it is because the real battle is a few stops over in Ohio, where Romney and Santorum are locked in serious man-to-man combat. Perhaps it is because frontrunner-hopefuls are focusing their last-ditch efforts in other states (say, Georgia?). Whatever the reason, as this voter heads to the polls today, it is with the realization that Massachusetts is (sorry to say) pretty irrelevant. Because regardless who emerges from Super Tuesday as the Republican contender, Massachusetts’ electoral outcome will still be a foregone conclusion in November."
Friday 1:35PM: The Union Star reports that only two of the remaining four Republican candidates will be on the ballot, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. They were the only ones to turn in the party-required 10,000 signatures.
Other Republican hopefuls appealed in an effort to get on the ballot, but were turned down in court. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won’t be on the ballot.
1:30PM: A local paper reports that despite a Romney landslide, there is another reason for voters to come out to the polls: In each state senate district, voters will be electing 2 district representatives – one male and one female - to their respective state committees. In several of these seats that cover parts of Allston-Brighton, there will be contested races.
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