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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Massachusetts

Massachusetts is a Democratic heartland and the Republicans will have a hard time winning the voters.

Key facts
Population: 6,092,352 (ranked 13 among states)
Governor: Paul Cellucci (R)
Electoral College votes: 12
Republican Governor Paul Celluci will try to harness Republican support and give the Democrats a run for their money, but it is likely to be tough. Only 13% of voters in Massachusetts are registered as Republican and the state is the political and spiritual home of the country's liberal Democrats.

In 1996 the state gave Bill Clinton his biggest victory margin. Only Hawaii and Rhode Island rival Massachusetts for Democratic allegiance.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 10 Democrats
Senate: 2 Democrats
Massachusetts is proud of its history and heritage as one of America's oldest states. Since pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, Massachusetts has played a crucial role in determining the country's history.

A home of Puritanism and political activity, Boston led the fight for independence in the 18th century and in the 19th century it was one of the leaders in calling for the abolition of slavery. The state's relative importance declined in the 20th century but it can still claim to be the home of the Kennedy family that has so gripped the nation's imagination.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 61%, Dole 28%
1992: Clinton 48%, Bush 29%, Perot 23%
1988: Dukakis 53%, Bush 45%
Since 1636 Harvard University has produced countless intellectuals and public servants, many of whom retreat to the famous local resorts of Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod when running the country gets too much.

Despite its colonial roots, Massachusetts also brims with high-tech innovation and blue-collar manufacturing. High-tech industry helped the state recover well from a serious recession in the early 1990s and the state's unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the north-east.

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