Warren was meeting with her campaign team Wednesday, but had not made a decision on how to proceed in the race as of the Daily News' press time.
Local supporters of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential bid were surprised at her lackluster showing on Super Tuesday, but urged her to continue her campaign despite not carrying her home state.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden won the majority of Democratic votes across Massachusetts, including in Greater Milford and MetroWest. Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a second-place finish in 11 Milford and MetroWest communities, while Warren placed second in six communities. Sanders and Warren tied for second in Ashland.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pulled out of the race Wednesday morning, picked up a consistent – though distant – fourth place across the region.
President Donald Trump blew away his three contenders on the Republican ballot in all MetroWest and Milford reporting communities. In most cities and towns in the area, the number of votes for Trump did not reach the totals cast for either the first- or second-place Democrat. However, in two Milford-area communities – Blackstone and Millville – Trump was credited with more votes than Biden, the top Democratic finisher in those towns.
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Warren – who didn't place higher than third in any of the 14 states that voted Tuesday – met with her campaign team Wednesday in Boston to determine how to proceed. No decision had been made as of the Daily News’ press time.
Framingham resident Norma Shulman, a staunch Warren supporter, hopes she stays in the race to offer voters a candidate with a progressive voice with vast experience.
“A lot of people said she has the best ideas,” said Shulman. “She got a lot of votes.”
Christine Crean, chairwoman of the Milford Democratic Town Committee, expects Warren to continue her efforts toward the Democratic nomination despite Tuesday’s results.
“That’s part of her personality to not give up,” said Crean, who voted for Warren. “It’s a piece of who she is.”
Shulman attributed Tuesday’s results, in part, to the large field of candidates on the ballot.
“It was disappointing, but not beyond the realm of possibility, simply because there were so many people in the field still,” she said.
Biden’s victory in the South Carolina primary last week was a key turning point.
“That put him in play," said Shulman. "It felt like his showing in South Carolina gave people the confidence to vote for him as the person who could win in November. His win in South Carolina gave a lot of people hope.”
Support for Biden was initially strong early in the campaign among Democrats in Franklin, but fell off after the debates. Tonya Price, chairwoman of the Franklin Democratic Town Committee, noticed support for Biden picked up steadily in the days after the South Carolina primary. Several voters who initially planned to cast their ballot for Warren switched to Biden on Tuesday, in part, because they believe he can beat President Donald Trump in November.
Crean believes Warren lost ground because she got too caught up in the health care discussion and did not highlight her other policies.
Biden’s familiarity with voters and the potential he could oust Trump likely pushed voters toward the former vice president. Trump’s recent attacks on Biden also played a role in the result, said Crean.
“If he’s threatened by someone, he attacks,” Crean said of Trump.
At the polls on Tuesday, Framingham resident Ronnie DiComo cast his ballot for Biden after some internal debate. He said he liked several candidates, but Biden stood out.
“I looked at his record on animal welfare and animal rights and was very impressed,” he said. “I saw him speak (Monday) night and he has more of a chance of bringing everybody together.”
Cheryl Elkins, also of Framingham, voted for Warren due to her fighting spirit and because she can go toe-to-toe with Trump. Elkins is concerned about the disappearance of the middle class and stressed the need to rebuild it.
Multimedia Journalist Jeanette Hinkle contributed to this report. Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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