Franklin County, North Quabbin voters back Trump, Biden in local primary

The 2024 Democratic presidential primary results for Franklin County and the North Quabbin.

The 2024 Democratic presidential primary results for Franklin County and the North Quabbin. STAFF GRAPHIC/CHRIS LARABEE

The 2024 Republican presidential primary results for Franklin County and the North Quabbin.

The 2024 Republican presidential primary results for Franklin County and the North Quabbin. STAFF GRAPHIC/CHRIS LARABEE

By CHRIS LARABEE and DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writers

Published: 03-06-2024 4:55 PM

With Super Tuesday in the rear-view mirror, election results show no surprises in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, as the two presumptive candidates, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, emerged victorious with wins mirroring their performances around the country.

In Massachusetts, Biden’s results were similar to his performances in the other New England states, picking up 83% of the vote statewide, while capturing 8,931, or 81.6%, of the vote in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

“No preference” picked up a sizable number of votes in the county, at 1,220 votes, or 11.1% of all votes cast, which fell in line with the 9% of voters statewide who chose that option.

Democratic challengers Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson garnered 3.2% and 4% of votes, respectively.

Trump’s local performance mirrored the statewide result, with approximately 60% of votes in Massachusetts and here in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Republican challenger and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley garnered approximately 39.7% of the vote locally, which came close to her 37% performance around the state.

Among other states participating in Super Tuesday, Massachusetts saw Trump’s third-weakest performance of the day, following his loss to Haley in Vermont and his 57% percent showing in Utah.

On Wednesday, both Democrat Dean Phillips and Haley suspended their campaigns. Phillips endorsed Biden for the general election, while Haley said it will be up to the former president to earn the backing of those that supported her campaign.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him. And I hope he does that,” Haley said in a speech Wednesday. “At its best, politics is about bringing people into your cause, not turning them away. And our conservative cause badly needs more people.”

Local Republicans react to results

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Area Republican town committee chairs say they are hopeful about the presidential rematch set for November after the results of Tuesday’s primary were tallied.

Trump is poised to win his party’s nomination for the second time and Haley, his final actively campaigning opponent, dropped out of the race on Wednesday. Trump got the most Republican primary votes in the majority of Franklin County towns, including Greenfield, Whately and Orange.

David Lewis said the Greenfield Republican Town Committee, which he chairs, set up a tent outside the polls at Greenfield High School and members heard a lot of positive feedback from voters.

“As far as I know we had a good turnout,” he said.

Lewis, 80, said he, like nearly all committee members, voted for Trump.

“I think the country was in better shape when he was the president,” he said. “I think Biden’s the worst president we’ve had in my lifetime, and that goes back quite a ways.”

Nathan Nourse, who chairs the Whately Republican Town Committee, said he can’t gauge the Republican turnout because he voted early a week ago or so.

“It’s usually pretty strong,” he said of the Republican electorate. “There’s quite a few republicans on the voter roll.”

Nourse said he voted for Trump.

“He is the America-First candidate that has a proven track record and a lot of really great things that happened during his term as president,” he said.

Nourse, son of former Nourse Farms President Tim Nourse, said agriculture is a big issue for him and Trump’s signage of the 2018 farm bill is a significant reason for his support of the former president.

Ray Younghans, who has chaired the Orange Republican Town Committee for 10 years, said GOP voters came out to the polls because they are “seeing a drastic change in America.”

He said people are outraged about violations of the U.S. Constitution and having their tax money used to care crossing at the American-Mexican border.

“We want to see Trump elected, like most people in our community,” he said about Orange Republican Town Committee members.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-930-4120.