United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2014

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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:
Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Markey Democratic Party
Ed Markey.jpg

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 will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

The election is being 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 election was held to replace John Kerry, who was appointed to the position of Secretary of State.

Markey faced no opposition in the primary election. He will face Republican Brian Herr in the general election, which takes place November 4, 2014.[3]

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.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by August 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 15, 2014.[5]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election is being 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 election was held to replace John Kerry, who was appointed to the position of Secretary of State.


General election candidates

September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Not on ballot

Race background

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

Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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.[11] 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.[12]


Herr files ethics complaint

Brian Herr (R) issued a statement on March 17, 2014, saying he has filed a complaint against incumbent Ed Markey with the Senate ethics committee.[13][14] Herr accused Markey of using his position to manipulate stock.[13] Markey wrote letters to federal regulators urging an investigation into the nutritional supplement firm Herbalife.[13]

"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.[13]

The Sun Chronicle reported that Markey responded by saying he "only wrote the letters because Herbalife's practices were hurting consumers."[15]

Election history


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.[16][17] He defeated Gabriel Gomez and Richard Heos in the general election.


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"


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.[18]

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


  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. "Masslive","5 Massachusetts Congressmen running unopposed in 2014 while challengers line up to take on US Rep. John Tierney", June 4, 2014
  4. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Masslive.com "Independent Bruce Skarin enters U.S. Senate race, challenging Sen. Ed Markey with walking campaign across Massachusetts," accessed February 15, 12014
  7. Masslive.com, "Republican Frank Addivinola launches campaign for U.S. Senate seat held by Ed Markey," accessed February 19, 2014
  8. Milford Daily News, "Addivinola anounces run for U.S. Senate seat," accessed February 19, 2014
  9. Mark Inman for Senate Facebook page, "Info," accessed May 13, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico, "Gabriel Gomez mulls rematch vs. Ed Markey," accessed September 19, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 NewsMax, "Democratic Sen. Ed Markey Accused of Using Office to Manipulate Stock," accessed March 19, 2014
  14. Brian Herr for Congress, "Republican lodges ethics complaint against rival over Herbalife," accessed March 19, 2014
  15. "Sun Chronicle","Brian Herr, Markey's GOP foe, reaches out to area officials", accessed August 13, 2014
  16. Boston Globe ,"" December 27, 2012
  17. Yahoo news, "Mo Cowan appointed interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013