Super Tuesday: The suburban gap

The Boston Globe has a nice, crisp map showing Democratic primary results for every city and town in Massachusetts. Despite our reputation for being outliers, the Bay State was a pretty good representation of where Clinton and Obama did well nationally. Obama ran best in large cities (where there are a lot of black voters), rural areas like western Massachusetts (even where there are almost no black voters), and affluent suburbs like those to the west of Boston. Clinton ran best in smaller cities (such as Worcester) and middle-income suburbs. One reason that she did especially well in Massachusetts is that most middle-income suburbanites vote in Democratic primaries here, unlike in most states. (It’s certainly not that way in the South.) I think that was also a factor in her victory in New Hampshire, where more and more suburbanites are voting Democratic.