Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Massachusetts State Legislature

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Massachusetts's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
40 13 (32.5%) 160 53 (33.1%)

BOSTON: Massachusetts: There are 200 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Massachusetts, where most polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. However, municipalities may open as early as 5:45 AM.[1]

The State Senate has a total of 40 seats and is currently under Democratic control, 35 to 4, with 1 vacant seat. 2 incumbents, both Democrats, are retiring from the Senate this year. The 160-seat House of Representatives is 127-33 in favor of the Democrats. All 4 of the retiring incumbents are Democrats. Neither chamber is in danger of changing hands this election.

Of the 200 incumbents up for election in 2012, 194 (97.0%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 66 of 200 (33.0%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:

General election

Senate

House


Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 4 4
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 40 40


Massachusetts House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 127 131
     Republican Party 33 29
Total 160 160


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See also

Massachusetts

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