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Politico published a list in August 2013 of the five primaries to watch in 2014. Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District was included on the list.[1] This proved true when Tierney lost his bid for re-election to Seth Moulton in the Democratic primary.

Vulnerable after the scandal surrounding his wife, Tierney barely managed to win re-election in 2012.[1] In 2010, Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty to helping her brother file false tax returns in connection with his operation of an illegal offshore casino.[1] Republicans criticized Tierney about his wife, alleging that he was fully aware of her conduct.[1] He ultimately defeated Richard Tisei (R) by fewer than 4,000 votes — or 1 percent of the vote -- in the general election.

Tisei, a former state house minority leader, ran again in 2014. He will face Seth Moulton (D) in the general election.[1]