Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Michael Capuano Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Markey Democratic Party
(Elected to District 5)
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Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Michael Capuano won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts' 7th, on November 6th, 2012.[1] He had previously served as the representative of the 8th District.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 5, 2012
September 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Massachusetts has a most closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. In Massachusetts, however, independent voters may select which party's primary to vote in.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 17, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 17, 2012.[2]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2012

Incumbent: Because Massachusetts lost a seat after the 2010 Census, the state's congressional districts went through significant changes. Prior to the election, the 7th Congressional District was represented by Ed Markey (D). However, Markey was drawn into the 5th Congressional district. 8th Congressional district incumbent Michael Capuano ran in the 7th District.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District was located in the eastern portion of the state and included Middlesex, Suffolk, and Norfolk counties.[3]

The 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Michael CapuanoGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Karla Romero

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates filed to run as Republicans.

Independent Independent Candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Capuano Incumbent 73.9% 210,794
     Independent Karla Romero 14.4% 41,199
     N/A All Others 0.3% 843
     N/A Blank Votes 11.3% 32,298
Total Votes 285,134
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts

Owing to the redistricting process, the 7th District migrated south to cover portions of the old 8th District.

According to the Daily Kos, "Obviously, this district is a pretty massive Democratic vote sink. I can only assume they feared a Republican-inspired lawsuit enough to end any ambiguity about whether the state was obligated to create a district like this one. There was a bit of a verbal tussle last year between Scott Brown and Mike Capuano; Brown suggested that there needs to be a minority-majority seat, to which Capuano responded that the state already had one making Brown look a little foolish in the process. But the GOP got what it wanted; namely, that none of this district’s residents has any say in the more potentially competitive districts around Boston.

Not much else interesting to say here. Capuano likely has this seat for as long as he wants it; he passed up the chance at a Senate run next year, but he could put his hat in the ring should the other Senate seat, the one currently held by John Kerry, becomes vacant, and he’s sometimes been talked about as a future gubernatorial candidate. Should he decide to move on, the Democratic primary for an open seat in this district, one of the safest Democratic seats in the nation, is usually crowded, spirited, and chaotic."[5]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Massachusetts' 7th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 79D / 21R
  • 2010: 82D / 18R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District had a PVI of D+29, which was the 17th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 83-17 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 78-22 percent over George W. Bush (R).[7]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Ed Markey won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Gerry Dembrowski in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 7 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 65.9% 141,364
     Republican Gerry Dembrowski 34.1% 73,006
Total Votes 214,370

Campaign donors

Michael Capuano

Michael Capuano (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$346,096.21$132,924.86$(50,344.19)$428,676.88
July Quarterly[10]June 30, 2012$428,676.88$121,398.89$(90,736.85)$459,338.92
Running totals

External links

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