Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Niki Tsongas 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 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is 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.

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.[4]

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.[5]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is 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.

Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes Worcester, Middlesex and Essex counties.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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.[8] 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.[9] Tsongas voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

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.[11] 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. Tsongas voted for HR 2775.[12]

Tsongas said she "will not accept a paycheck for the duration of the government shutdown."[13]

Campaign contributions

Niki Tsongas

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

Niki Tsongas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$132,330.92$82,330.55$(52,218.86)$162,442.61
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$162,442.16$205,865.00$(90,440.65)$277,866.96
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$277,866.96$110,748.92$(105,357.40)$283,258.48
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$283,258$142,763$(89,754)$336,266
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$336,266$134,125$(108,928)$361,463
Running totals
$675,832.47$(446,698.91)

District history

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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jim McGovern (D) ran for the 2nd District seat due to redistricting in 2012. The 5th District incumbent Niki Tsongas (D) won the 3rd District seat. She defeated Jon Golnik (R) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNiki Tsongas Incumbent 63.3% 212,119
     Republican Jon Golnik 32.6% 109,372
     N/A All Others 0.1% 262
     N/A Blank Votes 4% 13,358
Total Votes 335,111
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jim McGovern won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Martin Lamb (R) and Patrick Barron (I) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McGovern incumbent 56.5% 122,708
     Republican Martin A. Lamb 39.2% 85,124
     Independent Patrick J. Barron 4.3% 9,388
     All Others 0.1% 132
Total Votes 217,352


See also

External links

References

  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. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  7. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Republican Primary Candidates," accessed June 5, 2014
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Niki Tsongas Summary Report," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Niki Tsongas April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Niki Tsongas July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Niki Tsongas 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. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013