Super Tuesday in Massachusetts: Republican preview

There are 13 candidates on the Republican ballot though only five are in the running.

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, pauses as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center and Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greet at a break during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Polls are scheduled to open to voters around the state at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning for what’s known as Super Tuesday.

Southwick is one of only seven towns in western Massachusetts that has more registered republicans than democrats. But even more than that, there are twice as many unenrolled voters, meaning they haven’t identified as a Republican or Democrat. These voters can grab either  party’s ballot when they go to vote Tuesday.

CANDIDATES

If they do select the Republican ballot, they’ll see 13 candidates names on it although only five are still in the race — Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson. The other names on the ballot reflect everyone who has run and has since dropped out. Voters can still technically vote for them.

Cruz has won the first round of caucuses in Iowa but Trump has won the rest of the primaries and caucuses since then in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Eleven states will be voting on Super Tuesday in Republican GOP primaries or caucuses.

EXPECTATIONS

Trump is predicted to win in 10 of the participating Super Tuesday states, including Massachusetts. Cruz is expected to win in his home state of Texas.

 

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