Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Seth Moulton Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Tierney Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Lean D[3]

Massachusetts U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th congressional district of Massachusetts will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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]

Heading into the election the incumbent is John Tierney (D), who was first elected in 1996.

Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Middlesex and Essex counties.[5] Politico published a list in August 2013 of the five primaries to watch in 2014. Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District was included on the list.[6] This proved true when Tierney lost his bid for re-election to Seth Moulton in the Democratic primary.

Vulnerable after the scandal surrounding his wife, Tierney barely managed to win re-election in 2012.[6] In 2010, Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty to helping her brother file false tax returns in connection with his operation of an illegal offshore casino.[6] Republicans criticized Tierney about his wife, alleging that he was fully aware of her conduct.[6] He ultimately defeated Richard Tisei (R) by fewer than 4,000 votes — or 1 percent of the vote -- in the general election.

Tisei, a former state house minority leader, ran again in 2014. He will face Seth Moulton (D) in the general election.[6]


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September 9, 2014, primary results
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District history


The 6th district of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent John Tierney (D) won re-election. He defeated Richard Tisei (R) and Daniel Fishman (L).[12]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Tierney Incumbent 46.4% 180,942
     Republican Richard Tisei 45.3% 176,612
     Libertarian Daniel Fishman 4.3% 16,739
     N/A All Others 0.1% 514
     N/A Blank Votes 3.9% 15,045
Total Votes 389,852
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"


On November 2, 2010, John Tierney won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Bill Hudak (R).[13]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Massachusetts, Congressional District 6, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Tierney Incumbent 56.8% 142,732
     Republican Bill Hudak 43% 107,930
     Various All Others 0.2% 419
Total Votes 251,081

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