Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Richard Neal Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Five of Massachusetts' nine Democratic members of Congress are facing no opposition in 2014.[4][5]

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.[4]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 6, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Massachusetts is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in the primary election. They may choose which party ballot they wish to vote on and still remain unaffiliated.[6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 15, 2014.[7]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Richard E. Neal (D), who was first elected in 1988.

Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Berkshire, Franklin and Hampden counties.[8]


Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[9] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[10] Neal voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Neal voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Richard Neal

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Neal’s reports.[14]

Richard E. Neal (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$2,066,594.00$202,193.99$(99,837.18)$2,168,950.81
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$2,168,950.81$241,937.88$(207,950.03)$2,202,938.66
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$2,202,938.66$226,061.38$(113,095.27)$2,315,904.77
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$2,315,904$184,673$(138,428)$2,362,150
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$2,362,150$128,110$(178,506)$2,311,754
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Richard E. Neal (R) won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Neal Incumbent 77.8% 261,936
     N/A All Others 1.2% 4,197
     N/A Blank Votes 20.9% 70,422
Total Votes 336,555
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"


On November 2, 2010, John Olver won re-election to the United States House. He defeated William L. Gunn, Jr. (R) and Michael Engel (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Olver incumbent 60% 128,011
     Republican William L. Gunn, Jr. 34.9% 74,418
     Independent Michael Engel 5.1% 10,880
     N/A All Others 0% 55
Total Votes 213,364

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mass Live, "5 Massachusetts Congressmen running unopposed in 2014 while challengers line up to take on US Rep. John Tierney," accessed June 5, 2014
  5. Daily Journal, "More than half of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation facing no challengers," accessed June 5, 2014
  6. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal Summary Report," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Richard E. Neal October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013