Biden did better overall with some evidence of underperformance in municipalities with large numbers of hispanic voters
by BRENT BENSON
While we have yet to get the final results of the 2020 presidential election in Massachusetts, unofficial results show that President-elect Joe Biden outperformed Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Commonwealth, and that this better performance was exhibited in most cities and towns. Four of the municipalities where Biden did significantly worse than Clinton are distinctive in terms of having the highest percentage of hispanic residents, giving some evidence to what seems to be a nationwide phenomenon of Biden doing worse than Clinton with hispanic voters.
This graphic shows the actual relationship between Biden'20 and Clinton'16 two-party margin as a solid blue linear regression line. Compare this to the dashed black line which represents a hypothetical identical margin in 2016 and 2020 and you can see the overall improvement in Biden's margins.
Municipalities below the dashed black line are cities and towns where Biden underperformed Secretary Clinton and the vertical distance below the line is the magnitude of the margin difference.
The four cities of Lawrence, Chelsea, Holyoke, and Springfield have significantly worse numbers for Biden, with Lawrence giving Clinton a margin of 70 points and Biden a margin of 49—a pretty amazing 21 point swing. It is also notable that these four cities have the highest percentage of hispanic residents in Massachusetts according to 2017 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.