Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
September 6, 2012
(Elected to District 5)
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Primary: Massachusetts has a most closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Massachusetts, however, independent voters may select which party's primary to vote in.
Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 17, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 17, 2012.
- See also: Massachusetts elections, 2012
Incumbent: Because Massachusetts lost a seat after the 2010 Census, the state's congressional districts went through significant changes. Prior to the election, the 7th Congressional District was represented by Ed Markey (D). However, Markey was drawn into the 5th Congressional district. 8th Congressional district incumbent Michael Capuano ran in the 7th District.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District was located in the eastern portion of the state and included Middlesex, Suffolk, and Norfolk counties.
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General election candidates
- No candidates filed to run as Republicans.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Michael Capuano Incumbent||73.9%||210,794|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts
Owing to the redistricting process, the 7th District migrated south to cover portions of the old 8th District.
According to the Daily Kos, "Obviously, this district is a pretty massive Democratic vote sink. I can only assume they feared a Republican-inspired lawsuit enough to end any ambiguity about whether the state was obligated to create a district like this one. There was a bit of a verbal tussle last year between Scott Brown and Mike Capuano; Brown suggested that there needs to be a minority-majority seat, to which Capuano responded that the state already had one making Brown look a little foolish in the process. But the GOP got what it wanted; namely, that none of this district’s residents has any say in the more potentially competitive districts around Boston.
Not much else interesting to say here. Capuano likely has this seat for as long as he wants it; he passed up the chance at a Senate run next year, but he could put his hat in the ring should the other Senate seat, the one currently held by John Kerry, becomes vacant, and he’s sometimes been talked about as a future gubernatorial candidate. Should he decide to move on, the Democratic primary for an open seat in this district, one of the safest Democratic seats in the nation, is usually crowded, spirited, and chaotic." 
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Massachusetts' 7th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.
- 2012: 79D / 21R
- 2010: 82D / 18R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District had a PVI of D+29, which was the 17th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 83-17 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 78-22 percent over George W. Bush (R).
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|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 7 Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Ed Markey Incumbent||65.9%||141,364|
|Michael Capuano (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$346,096.21||$132,924.86||$(50,344.19)||$428,676.88|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$428,676.88||$121,398.89||$(90,736.85)||$459,338.92|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "Voter Registration Information," Accessed July 25, 2012
- Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012
- Roll Call "Mike Capuano Won't Challenge Scott Brown, Seeking Re-Election," September 2, 2011
- Daily Kos "Massachusetts District Analysis" August 28, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Massachusetts," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- MSNBC "2010 Election Results"
- Federal Election Commission "Michael Capuano April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Michael Capuano July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012