Gender at the Massachusetts Primary


In a big blow to her campaign, Elizabeth Warren lost her home state of Massachusetts coming in third with 22% of the vote behind Joe Biden (34%) and Bernie Sanders (27%).

What do we know about the women of Massachusetts who voted in the Democratic primary on Super Tuesday?

In terms of turnout, women once again made up a majority of Democratic primary voters – totaling 56% of the electorate.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Overall, Joe Biden did the best among female Democratic primary voters with 34% compared to Sanders at 26%, Warren at 24%, and Michael Bloomberg at 11%.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

And what about the gender gap – how did women differ from men in who they supported?

Not unlike many other states, men were more likely than women to support Sanders (a 5 point gap) and at the far end of the spectrum, women were more likely than men to support Warren (an 7 point gap).


Source: 3/3/20 Massachusetts Exit Poll/Edison Research/National Election Pool

Throughout Warren’s campaign, her main base of support has been with white college educated women, and that was certainly the case here in Massachusetts.  In fact, she managed to actually win that demographic, making up 25% of the electorate.


Source: National Election Pool/Edison Research

Note: The Massachusetts Republican Party did hold a presidential preference contest with President Trump receiving 87% of the vote and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld receiving 10% of the vote. There is no exit poll data available.

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