Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ed Markey Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Niki Tsongas Democratic Party
(Elected to District 3)
Niki Tsongas.jpg

Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th congressional district of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Ed Markey (D) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts' 5th, on November 6th, 2012.[1] He had previously served as the representative for the 7th district.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 5, 2012
September 6, 2012
November 6, 2012

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.[2]

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 5th Congressional District is represented by Niki Tsongas (D). However, Tsongas was drawn into the 3rd Congressional district. Current 7th Congressional district incumbent Ed Markey ran in the 5th District.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Massachusetts' 5th congressional district was located in the eastern portion of the state and included Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties.[3]

The 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Ed MarkeyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Tierney

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

  • Ed Markey: Approveda Incumbent from the 7th Congressional district

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 70.7% 257,490
     Republican Tom Tierney 22.8% 82,944
     N/A All Others 0.2% 675
     N/A Blank Votes 6.3% 23,092
Total Votes 364,201
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Republican Primary

Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tierney 41.8% 4,824
Frank Addivinola 30.6% 3,529
Jeff Semon 27.6% 3,186
Total Votes 11,539

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts

The only essential similarity between the old 5th district and the new 5th district was a numeric value. Because of the redistricting process, the 5th district has migrated south to occupy the area once known as the 7th district (Rep. Markey's old district), and has expanded to include the following new areas:

Southborough (59-40 for Scott Brown in 2010) [6]
Ashland (54-45 for Scott Brown in 2010) [6]
Holliston (56-44 for Scott Brown in 2010) [6]
Sherborn (54-45 for Scott Brown in 2010) [6]
majority of Sudbury (51-48 for Martha Coakley in 2010) [6]
half of Cambridge (85-15 for Martha Coakley in 2010) [6]

The Republican-leaning areas west of Boston are less populated but more numerous, while Cambridge (half of which is now included in the 5th district) is densely populated and overwhelmingly Democratic.

District partisanship

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' 5th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 63D / 37R
  • 2010: 62D / 38R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

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' 5th congressional district has a PVI of D+16, which is the 64th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 67-33 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 67-33 percent over George W. Bush (R).[8]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Niki Tsongas won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Jon Golnik in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 5 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNiki Tsongas Incumbent 56.5% 122,676
     Republican Jon Golnik 43.5% 94,501
Total Votes 217,177

Campaign donors

Ed Markey

Ed Markey (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$3,145,572.82$102,763.91$(118,638.54)$3,129,698.19
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$3,129,698.19$371,467.71$(248,624.10)$3,252,541.80
Running totals
Tom Tierney (2012)[12] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$1,180.31$0.00$(190.89)$989.42
July Quarterly[14]July 4, 2012$989.42$0.00$(908.35)$81.07
Running totals

Jeff Semon

Jeff Semon (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$597.96$5,134.00$(2,932.50)$2,799.46
July Quarterly[16]June 30, 2012$2,799.46$5,470.00$(4,956.41)$3,313.05
Running totals

External links

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