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1972 United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts

Of the 9 Massachusetts incumbents, 6 were re-elected.

District Incumbent Party First
elected
Result Candidates
Massachusetts 1 Silvio Conte Republican 1958 Incumbent re-elected. Silvio Conte (Republican) Unopposed
Massachusetts 2 Edward Boland Democratic 1952 Incumbent re-elected. Edward Boland (Democratic) Unopposed
Massachusetts 3 Harold Donohue
Redistricted from the 4th district
Democratic 1946 Incumbent re-elected. Harold Donohue (Democratic) Unopposed
Massachusetts 4 Robert Drinan
Redistricted from the 3rd district
Democratic 1970 Incumbent re-elected. Robert Drinan (Democratic) 68.9%
Martin A. Linsky (Republican) 23.4%
John Collins (Ind Con) 7.7%
Massachusetts 5 Frank B. Morse Republican 1960 Resigned when appointed to United Nations
Republican hold.
Paul W. Cronin (Republican) 53.4%
John Kerry (Democratic) 44.7%
Roger Durkin (Independent) 1.8%
Massachusetts 6 Michael J. Harrington Democratic 1969 Incumbent re-elected. Michael J. Harrington (Democratic) 64.1%
James Brady Moseley (Republican) 35.9%
Massachusetts 7 Torbert H. MacDonald Democratic 1954 Incumbent re-elected. Torbert H. MacDonald (Democratic) 67.7%
Joan M. Aliberti (Republican) 32.3%
Massachusetts 8 Tip O'Neill Democratic 1952 Incumbent re-elected. Tip O'Neill (Democratic) 88.7%
John Powers (Socialist Workers) 11.3%
Massachusetts 9 Louise Day Hicks Democratic 1970 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Challenger joined Democratic caucus
Joe Moakley (Ind Con) 43.2%
Louise Day Hicks (Democratic) 41.1%
Howard M. Miller (Republican) 14.2%
Jeanne Lafferty (Independent) 1.5%
Massachusetts 10 Margaret Heckler Republican 1966 Incumbent re-elected. Margaret Heckler (Republican) Unopposed
Massachusetts 11 James A. Burke Democratic 1958 Incumbent re-elected. James A. Burke (Democratic) Unopposed
Massachusetts 12 Hastings Keith Republican 1958 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic gain.
Gerry E. Studds (Democratic) 50.3%
William D. Weeks (Republican) 49.7%

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