Few Republican challengers in Massachusetts congressional races
Boston, Massachusetts: The general election ballot in Massachusetts is shaping up to be extremely uncompetitive. In six of the state’s nine districts, no Republican candidate filed to run. Of those six, five of the Democratic incumbents are facing no opposition at all in 2014. Richard Neal, James McGovern, Joseph Kennedy, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch are virtually guaranteed re-election, as they do not face any Democratic or Republican opponents.
Massachusetts ballot access for primaries is the most restrictive in the nation, requiring 2,000 signatures for a candidate to get on a primary ballot--more than the primary requirement in any other state.
- Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District: Heading into the election the incumbent was Niki Tsongas (D), who was first elected in 2007. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, she served as the representative of Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District. Republican candidate Roseann Ehrhard Wofford is challenging Tsongas in the general election. She is one of only four incumbents facing any challenge for re-election in 2014.
- Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Tierney (D), who was first elected in 1996. He faces four primary challengers in the Democratic primary. He potentially faces a re-match with Republican candidate Richard Tisei in his bid for re-election.
- Tierney is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
- The 2012 election race was a close race, with John Tierney securing victory with a 1.1% margin of victory. The district has been evaluated as leaning Democrat, with Cook Political Report giving it a Partisan Voter Index of D+7. One of the major factors that contributed to the closeness of the race was competitor Richard Tisei's ability to out raise and out spend Tierney. Tisei's efforts were bolstered by his own standing as a liberal and openly gay Republican, as well as the controversy surrounding Tierney's wife's legal problems.
- Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District: Heading into the election the incumbent was William Keating (D), who was first elected in 2010. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, he served as the representative of Massachusetts' defunct 10th Congressional District.
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