Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
September 6, 2012
Richard E. Neal
(Elected to District 1)
- 1 Candidates
- 2 Election Results
- 3 Impact of redistricting
- 4 Race Background
- 5 District history
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 See also
- 8 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 17.
- 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 2nd Congressional District was represented by Richard Neal (D). However, Neal was drawn into the 1st District. Jim McGovern (D) -- currently the 3rd District incumbent -- ran in the 2nd District. He won election on November 6, 2012.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district was located in the central portion of the state and included Franklin, Worcester, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.
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General election candidates
- No candidates filed to run as Republicans.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jim McGovern Incumbent||75.6%||259,257|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
The primary was held on September 6, 2012.
|Massachusetts' 2th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Jim McGovern Incumbent||91.5%||24,231|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts
Owing to the redistricting process, the new 2nd district bears little resemblance to the old 2nd district.
According to the Daily Kos, "With Rep. Olver opting to retire, McGovern inherits a district that is mostly new to him, as his current district snakes southward towards Fall River. He would face two large sets of new constituents: one set in towns both northwest and south of Worcester who may be somewhat familiar with him (most of these towns are covered by Worcester-based media) but would likely prefer a more conservative representative, and the other in the Pioneer Valley who may not know him as well (they’re mostly served by local or Springfield-based media) but are an ideal fit for a progressive like McGovern." 
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' 2nd District became more Democratic because of redistricting.
- 2012: 58D / 42R
- 2010: 56D / 44R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district has a PVI of D+10, which is the 102nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 61-39 percent over George W. Bush (R).
The 2nd congressional district seat has been occupied by Democratic incumbent Richard Neal since 1989. Prior to his tenure, Democrat Ed Boland served from 1953 through 1989. In 2010, Republican Thomas A. Wesley became the first primary challenger to Neal since the 1996 elections. Wesley earned 42.6% of the vote in 2010. 
|U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 2 Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Richard Neal Incumbent||57.3%||122,547|
|Jim McGovern (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$372,826.21||$209,699.64||$(81,127.69)||$501,398.16|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$501,398.16||$90,574.17||$(119,774.22)||$472,198.11|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "Voter Registration Information," Accessed July 25, 2012
- Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012
- Associated Press "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
- Daily Kos "Massachusetts Redistricting Analysis" August 27, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Massachusetts," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Wikipedia "Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district" August 16, 2012
- MSNBC "2010 Election Results"
- Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Jim McGovern July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012