2012 elections preview: Massachusetts voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries

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September 5, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues tomorrow with elections in Massachusetts.

Here's what to watch for in Massachusetts, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time on Election Day. However, municipalities may open as early as 5:45 AM.[1].

Contested Primaries in Massachusetts -- September 6, 2012
U.S. House
(9 seats)
State Legislature
(200 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 4 (44.44%) 31 (16%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 5 (55.56%) 8 (4%)


U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

There are no contested primaries for Massachusetts's U.S. Senate seat tomorrow. In the Republican primary, incumbent Scott Brown is running unopposed. He will face Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, who also faces no primary competition, in the November 6 general election.

The race is likely to be the most expensive congressional battle of the 2012 election season.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Massachusetts has nine congressional seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 31 candidates filed to run, made up of 7 Democratic challengers, 13 Republican challengers, 8 incumbents, and 3 third-party candidates. Including Massachusetts, a total of 397 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 56.55% of possible primaries have been contested. Massachusetts' contested figure of 50% (9 out of 18 possible party primaries) is slightly less competitive than the national average.

Members of the U.S. House from Massachusetts -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 9
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 10 9

State legislature

See also Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012 and Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

In Massachusetts, there are 200 total legislative seats with elections in 2012. There are 31 (16%) contested Democratic primaries and 8 (4%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there are 39 (10%) races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 10% figure of contested primaries in Massachusetts is lower than the current national contested average of 18.4% for states that have had filing deadlines.

There are a total of 20 incumbents facing primary opposition -- 19 Democrats and 1 Republican.

Some of the incumbents facing a primary challenge are:


Democratic Party Hampden District: Freshman Senator James T. Welch will face Melvin A. Edwards.
Democratic Party Plymouth and Barnstable District: President of the Senate Therese Murray is challenged by Stephen Michael Palmer.


Democratic Party Tenth Bristol District: Longtime legislator William Straus faces a challenge from Abilio Soares.
Democratic Party Tenth Essex District: Robert Fennell, in office since 1995, is challenged by Gardy Jean-Francois.
Democratic Party Second Franklin District: Incumbent Denise Andrews, a freshman Senator, faces three opponents: Rebecca Bialecki, Genevieve Fraser, and Jim White.
Democratic Party Twenty Seventh Middlesex District: Denise Provost will face Harry Kortikere.
Democratic Party Fourteenth Norfolk District: Alice Peisch will attempt to keep her seat against opponent Jerome Carr.
Democratic Party Seventh Suffolk District: Gloria Fox, a Senator since 1985, is opposed by Rufus Jackson Faulk and Jed Hresko.
Republican Party Second Worcester District: The lone Republican facing a primary battle is Freshman Senator Richard Bastien. He is opposed by Scott Graves, local attorney and City Councillor.

Massachusetts House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 127 131
     Republican Party 33 29
Total 160 160

Massachusetts State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 36
     Republican Party 4 4
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 40 40

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