AGAWAM — Joseph Biden and Donald Trump widened their leads in the presidential nomination races on March 5, and voters in both Massachusetts as a whole, and Agawam in particular, placed themselves firmly in the front-runners’ corners.

Both major-party candidates in the 2020 presidential election cruised to wide victories in the 2024 “Super Tuesday” vote. Biden, the incumbent president, took 83% of the vote in the statewide Democratic primary, and just under 80% in Agawam. Trump, the former president, captured 60% of the statewide Republican vote, and a much larger share of Agawam GOP ballots, 74%. Challenger Nikki Haley, who garnered about 37% of the Massachusetts vote, got 24% in Agawam. Trump took at least double Haley’s vote in every voting precinct in Agawam.

Haley’s 37% statewide result in Massachusetts was among her better results of the day, which saw presidential primary elections in 15 states from Alaska to Virginia. She won only one of those contests, with 49.9% of the vote in Vermont. In the wake of a disappointing Super Tuesday, Haley dropped out of the race the next day.

Agawam Republicans voted 2,261 for Trump, 735 for Haley, 23 for Ron DeSantis, 16 for Chris Christie, 16 for “no preference,”4 for Vivek Ramaswamy, 2 for Ryan Binkley and 1 for Asa Hutchinson.

Apart from Haley and Trump, the other five GOP candidates had already withdrawn from the race by the time Massachusetts started voting. None of them got more than 1% in either town, or in the statewide totals.

On Democratic ballots, Agawam voted 1,623 for Biden, 190 for no preference, 94 for Dean Phillips and 89 for Marianne Williamson. Shares under 5% for Phillips and Williamson were in line with the statewide result.

Instead of pulling a Democratic or Republican ballot, Massachusetts voters also had the option of participating in the Libertarian Party’s non-binding presidential primary. In Agawam, “no preference” was the top vote-getter, with 17 votes. The five candidates listed on the ballot all got single-digit totals in town.

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