- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on the Massachusetts presidential primary (all times local):


11:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has eked out a narrow win over Bernie Sanders among Bay State Democrats in the presidential primary contests.

Clinton’s win also was a victory for the state’s Democratic Party establishment, most of whom backed her. Sanders had banked on strong support from the state’s college-age voters to help keep his candidacy afloat, but fell just short.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial totals had Trump with nearly 49 percent of votes compared to 18 percent for Kasich, who was just edging Rubio, also with about 18 percent.

On the Democratic side, unofficial counts had Clinton with more than 50 percent of votes compared to more than 48 percent for Sanders with 91 percent of precincts reporting.


8 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump cruised to an easy victory in Massachusetts as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for Bay State Democrats in the presidential primary contests.

While Clinton had much of the Democratic establishment behind her, Sanders banked on strong support from the state’s college-age voters to help keep his candidacy afloat.

Republican voters gave Trump the Super Tuesday win over fellow GOP candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson, who were hoping for strong second-place finishes.


5:45 p.m.

Voting in Boston is on pace to set a new presidential primary record.

As of 3 p.m., more than 81,000 voters had cast ballots in the primary contests in the city.

Secretary of State William Galvin said that’s well ahead of the previous record high in 2008, when about 66,000 Boston voters had cast ballots by 3 p.m. during that year’s presidential primary. That 2008 contest also featured Hillary Clinton’s name on the Democratic ballot, when she handily defeated then-Sen. Barack Obama.

The Republican ballot that year included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The 2008 primary contest set a record high of about 1.8 million total ballots cast statewide.


5:15 p.m.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is reminding Hillary Clinton’s campaign about state election laws after former President Bill Clinton greeted voters inside a Boston polling location.

The ex-president arrived at the Holy Name gymnasium, in the city’s West Roxbury neighborhood, around 9:35 a.m. Tuesday.

He spoke with voters outside the gym before heading inside with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Hillary Clinton supporter.

A pool report says a woman asked for a photo with the ex-president, who replied, “As long as we’re not violating any election laws.”

State law says no one may solicit a person’s vote within 150 feet of a polling location.

Galvin says Bill Clinton created a traffic jam outside a New Bedford polling location later in the day when he addressed voters on the street.


10:40 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is getting the rock star treatment as he stumps for his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in the Massachusetts presidential primary.

Hillary Clinton and fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are close in the polls and in a statistical dead heat according to one.

The ex-president and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh appeared together at a polling place in the city’s West Roxbury neighborhood early Tuesday, where they greeted voters and school children.

Walsh said the GOP candidates for president are “an embarrassment to the office” after voting for Hillary Clinton near his Dorchester home.

The former president is expected to make several other public appearances in Massachusetts on Tuesday.


9:15 a.m.

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has cast his ballot in the state’s presidential primary, but he’s not saying who earned his vote.

He did, however, say who he did not vote for.

After voting Tuesday morning in his hometown of Swampscott, Baker said he did not vote for New York businessman Donald Trump or Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Baker had originally endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie but did not select a new favorite after Christie dropped out of the race, even after Christie backed Trump.

The Massachusetts governor has been highly critical of Trump.

Baker said Monday he was likely to vote for either Ohio Gov. John Kasich or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.


7 a.m.

The Massachusetts presidential primary is underway.

Polling places across the state opened at 7 a.m. and voters seemed eager to have their voices heard. People had already started lining up at one polling place in the Boston suburb of Arlington even before polls opened.

Secretary of State William Galvin says a record turnout is possible.

The state’s most hotly contested primary was in 2008, when 1.8 million voters cast their ballots.

The Democratic Galvin says one hint that turnout will be high is the fact that 20,000 Massachusetts voters have left the Democratic party since Jan. 1. Most of those are now considered unenrolled, but about 3,500 switched to the Republican party. Galvin attributes the switch to the “Trump phenomenon,” sparked by Republican businessman Donald Trump.


1:45 a.m.

Presidential hopefuls are keeping a close eye on Massachusetts as they joust for delegates.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a close race in Tuesday’s primary as they try to secure their party’s nomination.

While Clinton has much of the Democratic establishment behind her, Sanders is banking on strong support from the state’s college-age voters to help keep his candidacy afloat.

Republican voters will choose between the five remaining candidates - Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Although Trump has held a solid lead in most polls, Kasich is hoping for a strong second place finish.

Tuesday’s primaries are as much about rounding up delegates as winning individual states.

Most polling locations in Massachusetts are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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