The Massachusetts Primary is especially important to the GOP

There are 42 delegates up for grabs in Tuesday's primary

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – You may not think of Massachusetts as a very conservative state, and you would be correct, but Massachusetts matters, especially during a primary.

When you look at the 42 delegates up for grabs. It’s a modest number compared to the other “Super Tuesday” states. Only 12.5% of Massachusetts voters are registered Republican and a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won Massachusetts in a general election since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

So then why is Massachusetts so important? It’s because of the independent and unenrolled voters and Massachusetts has a lot of them. Having the ability to sway those voters is key.

Donald Trump and John Kasich have both made recent visits to Massachusetts. 700,000 people are expected to cast a Republican ballot by the time polls close Tuesday night at 8 o’clock.

Robert Newman of Agawam said, “One of the big things for me is the illegal aliens coming in here. We have laws. For speeding, you get a ticket, if you steal, you get arrested. We have laws for everything, and we have laws for coming in illegally and I think they need to be enforced.”

The newest poll shows Trump with a commanding lead in Massachusetts, but a tight race for second between Kasich and Rubio. They both are trying to position themselves as the best alternative to Trump.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Trump spent most of his money in Massachusetts, at around half a million dollars.

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