United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2014

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U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 59% 1,289,944
     Republican Brian Herr 36.2% 791,950
     Write-in Other 0.1% 3,078
     Blank None 4.7% 101,819
Total Votes 2,186,791
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results



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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Massachusetts

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Ed Markey Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Markey Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Safe D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Solid D[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Massachusetts elected Ed Markey (D) to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Ed Markey, who was first elected in a special election on June 25, 2013, won the general election against Brian Herr (R). The 2013 special election was held to replace John Kerry, who was appointed to the position of United States Secretary of State.

Markey faced favorable odds of re-election with the state being strongly supportive of Democratic issues. Cook Political Report rated the Massachusetts Senate race as "Safe D." October polls confirmed Markey's advantage with a strong lead over his opponent.

The Senate race in Massachusetts had analysts noting the low media coverage of the event. What was even more noteworthy was Markey's low-key campaign, especially when compared to the expensive effort to win his seat in 2013. He reported significantly less money spent on his re-election campaign than his bid to claim the seat. Given Markey's strong lead in the polls, analysts believed his strategy was to minimize mistakes.[3]

On the issues, Markey and Herr seemed split along party lines when it came to policy. Both candidates debated in October of 2014 where they strongly disagreed on how to address issues, such as Obamacare. The split on policy likely favored Markey in the general election as Massachusetts is supportive Democratic issues. Democrats also had triple the number of registered voters as Republicans did in the state.[4] Moreover, Herr's platform was critical of the Obama administration. While this worked for Republicans in other states, Massachusetts maintained a favorable opinion of President Obama.[5]

Markey faced no opposition in the primary election. Herr also faced no opposition in his primary. Two other Republican candidates ran but did so off the ballot as write-in candidates.

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: The election was held to fill the Class 2 Senate seat held by Ed Markey (D). Markey was first elected in a special election on June 25, 2013. The special election was held to replace John Kerry, who was appointed to the position of Secretary of State.

Candidates

General election candidates

September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Not on ballot


General election results

The state of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Ed Markey (D) defeated challenger Brian Herr (R) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 59% 1,289,944
     Republican Brian Herr 36.2% 791,950
     Write-in Other 0.1% 3,078
     Blank None 4.7% 101,819
Total Votes 2,186,791
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results

Race background

Reports circulated in September 2013 that Gomez was mulling a re-match against Ed Markey (D) in 2014.[12] Gomez lost to Markey by 10 points in the special election for the vacant Senate seat in 2013.[12] Gomez ultimately did not seek a rematch.

Key votes

Below are important votes the incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[13] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Markey voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[14]

Issues

Herr files ethics complaint

Brian Herr (R) issued a statement on March 17, 2014, saying he filed a complaint against incumbent Ed Markey with the Senate ethics committee.[15][16] Herr accused Markey of using his position to manipulate stock.[15] Markey wrote letters to federal regulators urging an investigation into the nutritional supplement firm Herbalife.[15]

"All you have to do is connect the dots to easily see that Sen. Markey used his public office to manipulate the stock of a publicly traded company in order to financially benefit a campaign donor," Herr said.[15]

The Sun Chronicle reported that Markey responded by saying he "only wrote the letters because Herbalife's practices were hurting consumers."[17]

Campaign Finances

Ed Markey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$944,599$265,563$(453,487)$756,675
Year End[19]January 31, 2014$756,675$854,809$(200,164)$1,411,320
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$1,411,320$588,254$(325,929)$1,673,646
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$1,673,646$1,034,875$(604,142)$2,104,379
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2014$2,390,725$547,658$(330,101)$2,608,283
Running totals
$3,291,159$(1,913,823)
Brian Herr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$0$29,624$(18,913)$10,711
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2014$10,711$21,282$(23,211)$8,782
Running totals
$50,906$(42,124)

Election history

2014

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 59% 1,289,944
     Republican Brian Herr 36.2% 791,950
     Write-in Other 0.1% 3,078
     Blank None 4.7% 101,819
Total Votes 2,186,791
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013

On June 25, 2013, Ed Markey won election to the United States Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to the position of Secretary of State.[25][26] He defeated Gabriel Gomez and Richard Heos in the general election.

2012

On November 6, 2012, Elizabeth Warren won election to the United States Senate. She defeated incumbent Scott Brown and Bill Cimbrelo in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Warren 53.3% 1,696,346
     Republican Scott Brown Incumbent 45.8% 1,458,048
     N/A All Others 0.1% 2,159
     N/A Blank Votes 0.9% 27,643
Total Votes 3,184,196
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

2008

On November 4, 2008, John Kerry won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jeffrey K. Beatty (R) and Robert J. Underwood (L) in the general election.[27]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kerry incumbent 63.6% 1,971,974
     Republican Jeffrey K. Beatty 29.8% 926,044
     Libertarian Robert J. Underwood 3% 93,716
     N/A All Others 0.1% 2,516
     N/A Blank/Scattering 3.5% 108,748
Total Votes 3,102,998

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. WBUR, "Commentary: The U.S. Senate Race That Isn’t A Race," September 26, 2014
  4. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "Massachusetts Registered Voter Enrollment: 1948–2012," accessed October 22, 2014
  5. Huffington Post, "Massachusetts: Obama Job Approval," accessed October 22, 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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bruce
  9. Masslive.com, "Republican Frank Addivinola launches campaign for U.S. Senate seat held by Ed Markey," accessed February 19, 2014
  10. Milford Daily News, "Addivinola anounces run for U.S. Senate seat," accessed February 19, 2014
  11. Mark Inman for Senate Facebook page, "Info," accessed May 13, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Politico, "Gabriel Gomez mulls rematch vs. Ed Markey," accessed September 19, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 NewsMax, "Democratic Sen. Ed Markey Accused of Using Office to Manipulate Stock," accessed March 19, 2014
  16. Brian Herr for Congress, "Republican lodges ethics complaint against rival over Herbalife," accessed March 19, 2014
  17. "Sun Chronicle","Brian Herr, Markey's GOP foe, reaches out to area officials", accessed August 13, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 19, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 19, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 16, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed October 16, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 16, 2014
  25. Boston Globe ,"" December 27, 2012
  26. Yahoo news, "Mo Cowan appointed interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013