Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Michael Capuano Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael Capuano Democratic Party
Michael Capuano.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2014 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 4, 2014.

Michael Capuano won re-election after serving his eight consecutive term since 1998. Capuano won the candidacy for the seat through running unopposed in the Democratic primary. He faced no opposition in the general election.

Capuano was grouped among several incumbents who 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Michael Capuano (D), who was first elected in 1998. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, he served as the representative of Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District.

Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk counties.[7]


General election candidates

September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary



General election results

The 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Michael Capuano (D) won an uncontested general election.

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Capuano Incumbent 80.7% 142,133
     Write-in Other 1.4% 2,413
     Blank None 17.9% 31,531
Total Votes 176,077
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results

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

Campaign contributions

Michael Capuano

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

Michael Capuano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 11, 2013$482,483.02$42,825.00$(34,163.63)$491,144.39
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$491,144.39$53,696.54$(66,265.78)$478,575.15
October Quarterly[17]October 14, 2013$478,575.15$84,105.00$(32,902.04)$529,778.11
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$529,778$89,852$(88,073)$531,556
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$531,556$61,096$(47,497)$545,156
Running totals

District history

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The 7th District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Ed Markey (D) ran for 5th District seat due to redistricting in 2012. The 8th District incumbent Michael Capuano won election to the 7th District seat. He defeated Karla Romero (I) in the general election.[20]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Ed Markey won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gerry Dembrowski (R) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward J. Markey incumbent 66.4% 145,696
     Republican Gerry Dembrowski 33.5% 73,467
     Various All Others 0.1% 194
Total Votes 219,357

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. Mass Live, "5 Massachusetts Congressmen running unopposed in 2014 while challengers line up to take on US Rep. John Tierney," accessed June 5, 2014
  5. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  8. JP Lowenthal for Congress 2014, "Home," accessed August 27, 2014
  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, "Michael Capuano Summary Report," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Capuano April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Capuano July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Capuano October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 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