The two former Massachusetts governors running for president may be low in the polls, but they’ll have top billing on their home state’s primary ballots come March.
Deval Patrick and Bill Weld will be the first names printed on the Democratic and Republican primary ballots when Massachusetts voters hit the polls for Super Tuesday on March 3.
Secretary of State William Galvin drew the order of the candidates for the 2020 primary ballots at random in a ceremony Friday morning at the State House.
Weld will top the three-person Republican field, followed by Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh. President Trump, who is currently steamrolling his primary competitors in the polls, will appear third.
Patrick will appear first on the Democratic presidential primary ballot out of 15 candidates. Bay State U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will appear third.
The full order of Democratic candidates is: Patrick, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Warren, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Secretary of Housing and Development Julian Castro of Texas, California billionaire Tom Steyer, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, entrepreneur Andrew Yang of New York, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and author Marianne Williamson of California.
Patrick and Weld are considered long-shots for their respective nominations. Patrick, who launched an 11th-hour bid in November, is barely registering in the polls.
Weld, who in April was the first Republican to mount a primary challenge to Trump, fares little better. At points this year he notched support in the double-digits, but he’s currently scraping by with just a few percentage points.
In all, four political parties will have primary ballots in March. The four candidates for the Green-Rainbow ballot are Dario Hunter, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, Kent Mesplay and Howard Hawkins.
The 10 candidates for the Libertarian Party are Arvin Vohra, Vermin Love Supreme, Jacob George Hornberger, Samuel Joseph Robb, Dan Taxation is Theft Behrman, Kimberly Margaret Ruff, Kenneth Reed Armstrong, Adam Kokesh, Jo Jorgensen and Max Abramson.