Hillary Clinton battled Bernie Sanders to attain a narrow victory following a day long voting period in Massachusetts’s Super Tuesday that ended shortly before midnight.
The Associated Press called the contest in Clinton’s favor nearly four hours prior to the closing of polls on Tuesday. With more than 97% of precincts reporting on Wednesday morning, Clinton held onto a margin of victory just under three points, taking 50.3% of the Democratic vote to Sanders' 48.5%.
The high turnout Super Tuesday election demonstrates yet another blow to Vermont’s senator in a state that was considered to be a must-win by his campaign. Clinton earned victories in Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, and others early in the night.
Thus far, Bernie Sanders has won Oklahoma, Colorado, Minnesota, and his home state of Vermont.
The fervor for Sanders, a senator from Vermont, among millennials is well-known; in the New Hampshire primary, he captured 83% of voters between 18 and 29, according to exit polls. The College Democrats of Boston College have also demonstrated strong support for Bernie Sanders and his campaign endeavors — Boston College Students for Bernie, a subsidiary group of the club held canvassing events during the weekend of Feb. 27.
Among Massachusetts voters 18 to 29, Sanders led Clinton 67% to 25%, according to polling released on Friday by the MassINC Polling Group for WBUR, an NPR station in Boston.
To that end, Sanders has focused intently on the colleges here. While he had been hopscotching around the country in advance of Super Tuesday, when 11 states voted, he made time last week to visit the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a hub for five colleges in western Massachusetts, one of the few areas of the state where President Obama garnered tremendous support in 2008.
Support for Sanders over the past few months has been so prevalent that some students who support Clinton often find themselves under siege when expressing their own views.
“If you declare yourself a Hillary supporter, you have to be ready to defend your beliefs,” said Harry Hoy, MCAS ’19. “The Sanders campaign is so full of promise in terms of concessions for free college, social mobility, and gender equity, so it comes as no surprise that he has so much support from liberal students on campus,” Hoy said.
Clinton has by no means ceded the millennials, for her campaign has teams on more than a dozen Massachusetts college campuses, including Boston College. The College Democrats of Boston College, to that end, rallied behind Clinton during canvassing events in the weekend of Feb. 27.
According to Tyler Shelepak, MCAS ‘17, President of the College Democrats of Boston College, “Hillary’s campaign is full of potential, and we’re confident that her years of experience in foreign and domestic policy, promoting gender equity, and the legislative process makes her the best candidate to win against the GOP nominee.”