Is MA-7 minority-majority? Not among voters

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Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley announced last week she is challenging 18-year veteran Congressman Mike Capuano. […] Since Pressley’s announcement, much of the coverage has noted the diversity of the district as a key dynamic in how the race may unfold. The urban district, which includes large parts of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, and Chelsea, is alone in Massachusetts as the only minority-majority congressional district. […]

But while it’s true that the 7th is less than half white in terms of the total population, the district’s voters are less diverse. According to voter data provided by The Novus Group, a political data firm in Boston, approximately 55 percent of registered voters in the district are white.

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We also dug into this on this week’s episode of The Horse Race, starting at the 13-minute mark.


The Horse Race is heating up in the 2018 campaign season. Last week we dug into the surprise exit of former State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and the surprise entrance of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s primary challenge to Congressman Mike Capuano. This week it’s all about the caucuses.

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Steve Koczela

President, The MassINC Polling Group

Rich Parr

Senior Research Director, The MassINC Polling Group

Hannah Chanatry

Polling Assistant, MassINC Polling Group

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