Massachusetts state executive official elections, 2014

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Six state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Massachusetts. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

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.[1]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Massachusetts:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held five out of six executive seats in Massachusetts, with the lieutenant governor's office vacant pending results of the general election.

Massachusetts State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 4
     Republican Party 0 2
     Vacant 1 0
Total 6 6
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Governor

Governor of Massachusetts, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Coakley 42.4% 229,156
Steve Grossman 36.4% 196,594
Don Berwick 21.1% 113,988
Write-in candidates 0.2% 995
Total Votes 540,733
Election Results Via:Massachusetts Secretary of State.
Governor of Massachusetts, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles D. Baker 74.1% 116,004
Mark Fisher 25.7% 40,240
Write-in votes 0.2% 336
Total Votes 156,580
Election Results Via:Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Note: Karyn Polito advanced to the general election as the only Republican to file for this seat.

Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Kerrigan 50.7% 222,562
Leland Cheung 29.3% 128,645
Michael Edward Lake 19.6% 86,006
Write-in votes 0.3% 1,435
Total Votes 438,648
Election Results Via:Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Note: John B. Miller advanced to the general election as the only Republican to file for this seat.

Massachusetts Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMaura Healey 62.1% 322,380
Warren Tolman 37.7% 195,654
Write-in votes 0.1% 721
Total Votes 518,755
Election Results Via:Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Note: There were three candidates who filed for this position by the filing deadline, but no primary was required as each candidate filed for a different party.

Treasurer

Note: Mike Heffernan and Ian Jackson advanced to the general election as the only Republican and Green-Rainbow Party candidates to file for this seat, respectively.

Massachusetts Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Goldberg 42.7% 202,819
Barry Finegold 31.4% 149,470
Tom Conroy 25.7% 122,198
Write-in votes 0.2% 848
Total Votes 475,335
Election Results Via:Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Auditor

Note: There were three candidates who filed for this position by the filing deadline, but no primary was required as each candidate filed for a different party.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles D. Baker/Karyn Polito 48.4% 1,044,573
     Democratic Martha Coakley/Steve Kerrigan 46.5% 1,004,408
     United Independent Evan Falchuk/Angus Jennings 3.3% 71,814
     Independent Scott Lively/Shelly Saunders 0.9% 19,378
     Independent Jeffrey McCormick/Tracy Post 0.8% 16,295
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,158,326
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of Massachusetts, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaura Healey 61.7% 1,280,513
     Republican John B. Miller 38.2% 793,821
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 2,103
Total Votes 2,076,437
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Secretary of State of Massachusetts, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Galvin Incumbent 67.4% 1,395,616
     Republican David D'Arcangelo 28.9% 597,491
     Green Danny Factor 3.6% 74,789
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,421
Total Votes 2,069,317
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Treasurer

Massachusetts Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Goldberg 55.1% 1,120,192
     Republican Mike Heffernan 40.8% 828,894
     Green Ian Jackson 4% 81,907
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,665
Total Votes 2,032,658
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Auditor

Massachusetts Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Bump Incumbent 57.7% 1,146,987
     Republican Patricia Saint Aubin 38.1% 757,213
     Green MK Merelice 4.1% 81,430
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 2,315
Total Votes 1,987,945
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 percent of the VEP.[6] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[7]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[8]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[9]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes for top office  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,200,000 33.5 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 290,000 55.3 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,550,000 34.4 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 875,000 41.2 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,750,000 31.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,025,000 53.0 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,089,880 42.3 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney general 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 150,000 30.3 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 5,951,561 42.7 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,575,000 38.2 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 366,125 36.2 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 440,000 39.1 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,550,000 39.5 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,350,000 28.0 Secretary of state 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,150,000 50.6 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 875,000 42.8 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,440,000 44.2 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 625,000 59.3 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,750,000 41.9 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,150,000 43.9 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,151,835 42.7 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 2,025,000 51.3 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 650,000 29.7 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,450,000 32.3 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 365,000 46.1 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 550,000 41.3 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 600,000 31.8 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 500,000 48.8 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,825,000 30.4 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 550,000 38.3 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,900,000 28.8 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,900,000 40.7 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 248,670 43.8 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,150,000 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 825,000 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,500,000 52 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,500,000 36.1 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 325,000 41.7 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,246,301 34.8 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 279,412 44.5 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,400,000 29.1 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,750,000 28.5 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 550,000 28.8 Attorney general 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,200,000 36.7 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,050,000 41.6 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 460,000 31.8 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,425,000 56.9 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 38.7 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 82,596,338 36.4

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
May 6, 2014 Signature filing deadline for party candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Registrar of Voters
June 3, 2014 Deadline for political party candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Secretary of Commonwealth
July 29, 2014 Deadline for nonpartisan candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Registrar of Voters
August 26, 2014 Deadline for nonpartisan candidates seeking federal or statewide office to file with Secretary of Commonwealth
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
January 8, 2015 Inauguration day for governor and lieutenant governor
January 21, 2015 Inauguration day for other state executive officers

State executive organization

Executive officials in Massachusetts are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of Massachusetts's state government:

Massachusetts exec org chart.png

Ballotpedia reports

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