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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

Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party
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Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th 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.[1][2]

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.[1]

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.[3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by August 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 15, 2014.[4]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is 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.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7] Lynch voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[9] 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.[10]

Campaign contributions

Stephen Lynch

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lynch’s reports.[11]

Stephen Lynch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$760,206.10$72,781.12$(796,668.20)$36,319.02
July Quarterly[13]August 17, 2013$36,319.02$140,475.48$(30,912.51)$145,881.99
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$145,881.99$8,165.04$(51,803.97)$102,243.06
Year-end[15]January 31, 2014$102,243$21,012$(49,972)$73,282
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$73,282$59,112$(84,493)$47,902
Running totals

District history

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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.[17]

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.[18]

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. 1.0 1.1 Mass Live, "5 Massachusetts Congressmen running unopposed in 2014 while challengers line up to take on US Rep. John Tierney," accessed June 5, 2014
  2. Daily Journal, "More than half of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation facing no challengers," accessed June 5, 2014
  3. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  6. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  7. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch Summary Report," accessed July 26, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch July Quarterly," accessed August 17, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Lynch October Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  17. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013