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Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party
Stephen Lynch.jpg

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 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

The incumbent was Stephen Lynch of the Democratic Party. Lynch was first elected to the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts in 2001 but won re-election to the 8th district after the restructuring of the Massachusetts Congressional Districts in 2010. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary securing his candidacy for the general election. Since no opposition filed to run for the seat, Lynch also ran unopposed in the general election. Lynch had over $215,000 cash on hand for his campaign.[4]

Lynch was grouped with a handful of incumbents who faced no opposition in the Massachusetts 2014 General Elections. Richard Neal, James McGovern, Joseph Kennedy, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch were virtually guaranteed re-election, as they did not face any Democratic or Republican opponents.[5]

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 was October 15, 2014.[7]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Stephen Lynch (D), who was first elected in 2001. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, he served as the representative of Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District.

Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Norfolk and Plymouth counties.[8]


General election candidates

September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary


General election results

The 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Stephen Lynch (D) won an uncontested general election.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 76.6% 200,644
     Write-in Other 1% 2,707
     Blank None 22.3% 58,430
Total Votes 261,781
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results

Key votes

Below are important votes the 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] Lynch 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. Lynch voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Stephen Lynch

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

Stephen Lynch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$760,206.10$72,781.12$(796,668.20)$36,319.02
July Quarterly[16]August 17, 2013$36,319.02$140,475.48$(30,912.51)$145,881.99
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$145,881.99$8,165.04$(51,803.97)$102,243.06
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$102,243$21,012$(49,972)$73,282
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$73,282$59,112$(84,493)$47,902
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 8th District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michael Capuano (D) ran for the 7th District seat due to redistricting in 2012. The 9th District incumbent Stephen Lynch won the 8th District seat. He defeated Joe Selvaggi (R) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 71% 263,999
     Republican Joe Selvaggi 22.1% 82,242
     N/A All Others 0.2% 570
     N/A Blank Votes 6.7% 24,883
Total Votes 371,694
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"


On November 2, 2010, Michael Capuano won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Capuano incumbent 98% 134,974
     None Other 2% 2,686
Total Votes 137,660

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. Federal Election Commission, "Report for Receipts and Disbursements," accessed October 2, 2014
  5. Mass Live, "5 Massachusetts Congressmen running unopposed in 2014 while challengers line up to take on US Rep. John Tierney," 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, "Stephen Lynch Summary Report," accessed July 26, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch July Quarterly," accessed August 17, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch October Quarterly," accessed October 15, 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