What does Trump’s dominance tell us about Massachusetts Republicans? – The Boston Globe
Yet a poll from Emerson College, released last weekend, shows Trump dominating in Massachusetts, with 50 percent of the vote in a five-person field. His nearest competitor, Senator Marco Rubio, was 34 points behind, at 16 percent. When Trump came here in January, thousands packed an arena in Lowell to hear him tick off the key planks in his platform — a border wall, stronger military, defeating ISIS, and fair trade.
Massachusetts is known for Northeast Republicanism, a practical, nonthreatening, pro-business model of politics that produced governors like William Weld, Paul Cellucci, Romney, and Charlie Baker, and swept Scott Brown into the Senate in 2010. Republican success depends on finding the middle of the road, not only for the votes of independents who can determine the outcome of an election, but also in the act of governing itself. Nothing an elected Republican gets done happens without the permission of a Democratic legislature.