Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Joseph Kennedy III Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Joseph Kennedy III Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Likely D[3]

Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Joseph Kennedy III was the incumbent up for re-election after serving his first term. Kennedy was first elected in 2012 where he previously served as the District Attorney for Middlesex County. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary to secure his candidacy for the general election. Moreover, he ran unchallenged for his seat as no opposition successfully filed for candidacy. Kennedy's campaign had over $1 million cash on hand and received over $500,000 in contributions since the Federal Election Commission July Quarterly Report leading into the election.[4]

Kennedy was grouped with a handful of incumbents that faced no opposition in their upcoming 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 Joseph Kennedy III (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Middlesex, Norfolk and Bristol counties.[8]


General election candidates

September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary


General election results

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

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Kennedy Incumbent 0% 0
Total Votes 0
Source: Politico 0% of precincts reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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] Kennedy 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. Kennedy voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Joseph Kennedy III

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

Joseph Kennedy III (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$334,754.37$253,045.88$(214,386.28)$373,413.97
July Quarterly[16]October 9, 2013$373,413.97$396,358.84$(272,081.64)$497,691.17
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$497,691.17$384,140.51$(133,798.65)$748,033.03
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$748,033$334,145$(169,953)$912,225
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$912,225$300,686$(180,645)$1,032,266
Running totals

District history

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The 4th District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which Joseph Kennedy III (D) won election. He defeated Sean Bielat (R) and David Rosa (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Kennedy III 59.3% 221,303
     Republican Sean Bielat 34.8% 129,936
     Independent David Rosa 2.9% 10,741
     N/A All Others 0.1% 265
     N/A Blank Votes 2.9% 10,869
Total Votes 373,114
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"


On November 2, 2010, Barney Frank won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Sean D. M. Bielat (R), Susan F. Allen (I) and Donald M. Jordan (Tax Revolt Independent) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarney Frank incumbent 53.9% 126,194
     Republican Sean D. M. Bielat 43.4% 101,517
     Independent Susan F. Allen 1.5% 3,445
     Tax Revolt Independent Donald M. Jordan 1.2% 2,873
     N/A All Others 0% 98
Total Votes 234,127

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, "July Quarterly Report of Receipts and Reimbursements," 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, "Joseph Kennedy III Summary Report," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Kennedy III April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Kennedy III July Quarterly," accessed October 9, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Kennedy III 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