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2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts

The 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts were held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to elect the nine U.S. Representatives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one from each of the state's nine congressional districts. The elections coincided with the election of Massachusetts' Class II U.S. Senator and other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections, including the Governor of Massachusetts.

2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts

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All 9 Massachusetts seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 9 0
Seats won 9 0
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,475,442 308,598
Percentage 81.45% 17.04%
Swing Increase15.41% Decrease12.63%

Democratic nominees were victorious in all nine Massachusetts districts in 2014, bringing the Republican losing streak in Bay State U.S. House general and special elections to a state record 101 contests in a row.[1]

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District 1Edit

The 1st congressional district is located in western and central Massachusetts. The largest Massachusetts district in area, it covers about one-third of the state and is more rural than the rest. It has the state's highest point, Mount Greylock. The district includes the cities of Springfield, West Springfield, Pittsfield, Holyoke, and Westfield. The incumbent is Democrat Richard Neal, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 2nd district from 1989 to 2013. He was re-elected unopposed with 98% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+13.

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 1st congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Neal (incumbent) 167,612 98.0
n/a Write-ins 3,498 2.0
Total votes 171,110 100.0
Democratic hold

District 2Edit

The 2nd congressional district is located in central Massachusetts. It contains the cities of Worcester, which is the second-largest city in New England after Boston, and Northampton in the Pioneer Valley. The incumbent is Democrat Jim McGovern, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 3rd district from 1997 to 2013. He was re-elected unopposed with 99% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+8.

Dan Dubrule of Leominster, Massachusetts has announced as a Republican candidate. Due to state ballot law, he will be running as a write-in candidate.[3]

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim McGovern (incumbent) 169,640 98.2
n/a Write-ins 3,105 1.8
Total votes 172,745 100.0
Democratic hold

District 3Edit

The 3rd congressional district is located in northeastern and central Massachusetts. It contains the Merrimack valley including Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill. The incumbent is Democrat Niki Tsongas, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 5th district from 2007 to 2013. She was re-elected with 66% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+6.

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Niki Tsongas (incumbent) 139,104 63.0
Republican Ann Wofford 81,638 36.9
n/a Write-ins 204 0.1
Total votes 220,946 100.0
Democratic hold

District 4Edit

The 4th congressional district is located mostly in southern Massachusetts. It contains Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester counties. The incumbent is Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III, who has represented the district since 2013. He was elected with 61% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+6.

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph P. Kennedy III (incumbent) 184,158 97.9
n/a Write-ins 3,940 2.1
Total votes 188,098 100.0
Democratic hold

District 5Edit

The 5th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts. It contains Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester counties. The incumbent is Democrat Katherine Clark, who has represented the district since 2013. She was elected with 66% of the vote in a special election in 2013 to succeed Ed Markey and the district has a PVI of D+14.

Mike Stopa has announced that he will run as a Republican candidate for this district.

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Katherine Clark (incumbent) 182,100 98.3
n/a Write-ins 3,159 1.7
Total votes 185,259 100.0
Democratic hold

District 6Edit

The 6th congressional district is located in northeastern Massachusetts. It contains most of Essex County, including the North Shore and Cape Ann. The incumbent is Democrat John F. Tierney, who has represented the district since 1997. He was re-elected with 48% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+4.

Democratic primaryEdit

Incumbent Democrat John F. Tierney faced a challenge in the Democratic primary from immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco, John Devine, John Gutta and United States Marine Seth Moulton.[4] Democrats who declined to run include Kim Driscoll, the Mayor of Salem, and State Representatives John D. Keenan and Steven Walsh.[5] Moulton defeated Tierney in the primary.[6]

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
John F.
Tierney
Marisa
DeFranco
John
Devine
John
Gutta
Seth
Moulton
Undecided
Remington September 3–6, 2014 777 ±3.53% 43% 4% 1% 1% 42% 9%
Public Policy Polling (D-Moulton) September 2–3, 2014 592 ± 4% 45% 47% 8%
Emerson College September 2–4, 2014 343 ±5.25% 47% 4% 1% 44% 6%
Emerson College June 12–18, 2014 59% 9% 2% 17% 13%
Emerson College April 3–7, 2014 64% 10% 10% 14%
DCCC March 26–27, 2014 402 ±4.9% 64% 17% 20%

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Moulton 34,575 50.8
Democratic John F. Tierney (incumbent) 28,912 40.1
Democratic Marisa DeFranco 4,293 6.0
Democratic John Devine 1,527 2.1
Democratic John Gutta 691 1.0
Total votes 74,170 100.0

Republican primaryEdit

Republican Richard Tisei, a former member of the Massachusetts Senate and the nominee against Tierney in 2012, ran uncontested in the 2014 Republican primary and will run again as the Republican nominee in the general election.[4]

General electionEdit

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Seth
Moulton (D)
Richard
Tisei (R)
Chris
Stockwell (I)
Other Undecided
Emerson College October 26–29, 2014 400 ± 4.85% 40% 42% 3% 15%
0ptimus October 22–25, 2014 1,807 ± 2% 41% 43% 12% 6%
0ptimus October 16–19, 2014 2,994 ± 1.77% 48% 46% 6%
GarinHartYang/HMP October 16–17, 2014 406 ± 5% 47% 36% 9% 8%
Emerson College October 13–14, 2014 400 ± 4.85% 40% 43% 2% 10%
0ptimus October 6–9, 2014 6,929 ± ? 45% 47% 8%
Voter Consumer Research October 6–9, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 42% 44% 14%
Emerson College September 26–29, 2014 429 ± 4.68% 39% 41% 3% 17%
GarinHartYang/HMP September 24–27, 2014 400 ± 5% 43% 33% 11% 13%
Tarrance Group (R-Tisei) September 23–25, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 40% 41% 9% 10%
MassINC/WBUR September 22–24, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 47% 39% 1% 14%
Municipoll September 12–14, 2014 490 ± 4.4% 49% 31% 20%
DCCC (D) September 13, 2014 432 ± 4.7% 49% 41% 10%
Emerson College September 2–4, 2014 500 ± 4.33% 44% 36% 20%

ResultsEdit

Massachusetts's 6th congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Moulton 149,638 55.0
Republican Richard Tisei 111,989 41.1
Independent Chris Stockwell 10,373 3.8
n/a Write-ins 219 0.1
Total votes 272,219 100.0
Democratic hold

District 7Edit

The 7th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts. It contains the northern three-quarters of the city of Boston, the city of Somerville and parts of the city of Cambridge. The incumbent is Democrat Mike Capuano, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 8th district from 1999 to 2013. He was re-elected with 83% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+31.

Capuano considered running for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election,[8] however, he instead chose to run for re-election to the House.[9]

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 7th congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Capuano (incumbent) 142,133 98.3
n/a Write-ins 2,413 1.7
Total votes 144,546 100.0
Democratic hold

District 8Edit

The 8th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts. It contains the southern quarter of the city of Boston and many of its southern suburbs. The incumbent is Democrat Stephen Lynch, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 9th district from 2001 to 2013. He was re-elected with 76% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+6.

General electionEdit

Massachusetts's 8th congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Stephen Lynch (incumbent) 200,644 98.7
n/a Write-ins 2,707 1.3
Total votes 203,351 100.0
Democratic hold

District 9Edit

The 9th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the South Coast. It contains all of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties and parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties. The incumbent is Democrat Bill Keating, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 10th district from 2011 to 2013. He was re-elected with 59% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+5.

Biologist Mark Alliegro announced he is challenging the Democratic incumbent William R. Keating.[10] John Chapman (R) - Ex-State Industrial Accidents Commissioner, Ex-Reagan White House Aide & Attorney Vincent Cogliano Jr. (R) - Plymouth County GOP Chair Dan Shores (R) - Attorney[11]

General electionEdit

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
William R.
Keating (D)
John
Chapman (R)
Other Undecided
Emerson College October 26–29, 2014 400 ± 4.85% 46% 41% 13%
Emerson College October 6–7, 2014 343 ± 5.25% 40% 45% 16%

ResultsEdit

Massachusetts's 9th congressional district, 2014[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Keating (incumbent) 140,413 54.9
Republican John Chapman 114,971 45.0
n/a Write-ins 157 0.1
Total votes 255,541 100.0
Democratic hold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (November 6, 2014). "Massachusetts Republican US House Losing Streak Tops 100". Smart Politics.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://electionstats.state.ma.us/elections/search/year_from:2014/year_to:2014/office_id:5/stage:General
  3. ^ Massachusetts Libertarian Victory Fundraiser held on Saturday May 3rd 2014 - YouTube
  4. ^ a b "Race against Tierney picks up momentum » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA". Salemnews.com. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Benton: An uphill race for Moulton » Opinion » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA". Salemnews.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tierney concedes to Moulton in Democratic primary". September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "PD43+ » Search Elections". Massachusetts Election Division. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  8. ^ Massachusetts. "Frustrated in Congress, Michael Capuano still weighing Massachusetts gubernatorial run". masslive.com. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  9. ^ Frank Phillips (September 26, 2013). "Representative Michael Capuano will not run for governor". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Massachusetts. "Scientist and Educator Mark Alliegro Announces Candidacy for Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District". markalliegroforcongress.org. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  11. ^ Politics1 - Online Guide to Massachusetts Elections, Candidates & Politics

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