Amid Trump surge, nearly 20,000 Mass. voters quit Democratic party

by Matt Stout  |  published on March 1, 2016

Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state’s top elections official.

Secretary of State William Galvin said more than 16,300 Democrats have shed their party affiliation and become independent voters since Jan. 1, while nearly 3,500 more shifted to the MassGOP ahead of tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” presidential primary.

Galvin called both “significant” changes that dwarf similar shifts ahead of other primary votes, including in 2000, when some Democrats flocked from the party in order to cast a vote for Sen. John McCain in the GOP primary.

The primary reason? Galvin said his “guess” is simple: “The Trump phenomenon,” a reference to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who polls show enjoying a massive lead over rivals Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and others among Massachusetts Republican voters.

“The tenor of the Republican campaign has been completely different from what we’ve seen in prior Republican presidential campaigns,” Galvin said. “You have to look no farther than the viewership for some of the televised debates.

  • The Redhawk

    IF this isn’t a KICK in the GROIN to BHOZO…Imagine a Legacy whereas the HEAD of the Progressive Dummiecrat Party caused a MOST LIberal State to LOSE membership in the MOST Progressive DUmmiecrat party of HYPOCRITES…

  • BlessedtoServe

    This is what the RNC always wanted was to expand the base, now that they have it, they don’t know what to do, the establishment, just isn’t going to succumb to what they always wanted, all because of Pride….Trump is not who they had hoped to do this for them…that should’ve, could’ve, would’ve under you guessed it Jebby….the old addage of we need to get, hispanics votes otherwise we don’t win …is in itself old school of politics, there is no mystery as to why this is happening….it really is quite simple “how about we just get American voters” this grouping of catagories of voters was invented by the demoncrats…now also old school…. Go Trump!!

  • Walter Flatt

    TRUMP WILL GET 50% OF THE DEMOCRATS OF ALL COLOR,

    WE WANT & NEED A GREAT BUS MAN WITH IQ OF 156+ FOR PRESIDENT, NOT BOUGHT POLITICIANS. DONALD TRUMP IS THE MAN

    INTERNET POLLS TRUMP 67.63%, 66.99%, 61%, 83.55%, VIRAL 217 NEWS, TRUMP 73%,CRUZ 21%, RUBIO 6%, TRUMP WINS CNN 49%.
    ON LOU DOBBS 2/29. HIS POLL SHOWED TRUMP 87%, CLOSEST TO HIM AT 13%.
    PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT DROPPING TRUMP HAD BETTER WATCH OUT, OR, THEY WILL BE DROPPED. WE THE PEOPLE ARE FED UP.
    MCCONNELL AND PAUL, GET WITH THE PROGRAM OR GET OUT.

  • It’s amazing how common sense prevails!!

  • Luke

    The more intelligent of the herd are waking up from their coma but the plantation is still intact with the takers who care only that they get a check and to hell with America..

  • 30 YEAR VETERAN

    Smart Democrats. HILLARY IS HISTORY……………….

  • rayser711

    A big part of it is that they see Hillary for what she is……and it makes your stomach turn !

    • The Redhawk

      Pass the DEPENDS she and IMAM BHO of the White MOSQUE may just become FAMOUS for the DEMISE of the Former Democrat party now the POH
      P arty
      O f
      H YPOCRITES

  • mike

    Smart people,Screw the dumocrats

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