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Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party
Stephen Lynch.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

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

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The 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 6, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Massachusetts has a mostly closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party. In Massachusetts, however, independent voters may select which party's primary to vote in.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Stephen Lynch (D), who was first elected in 2001. Prior to redistricting due to the 2010 census, he served as the representative of Massachusetts' ninth congressional district.

Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Norfolk and Plymouth counties.[4]


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September 9, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Campaign contributions

Stephen Lynch

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lynch’s reports.[5]

Stephen Lynch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 15, 2013$760,206.10$72,781.12$(796,668.20)$36,319.02
July Quarterly[7]August 17, 2013$36,319.02$140,475.48$(30,912.51)$145,881.99
October Quarterly[8]October 15, 2013$145,881.99$8,165.04$(51,803.97)$102,243.06
Year-end[9]January 31, 2014$102,243$21,012$(49,972)$73,282
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$73,282$59,112$(84,493)$47,902
Running totals

District history


The 8th District of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michael Capuano (D) ran for the 7th District seat due to redistricting in 2012. The 9th District incumbent Stephen Lynch won the 8th District seat. He defeated Joe Selvaggi (R) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 71% 263,999
     Republican Joe Selvaggi 22.1% 82,242
     N/A All Others 0.2% 570
     N/A Blank Votes 6.7% 24,883
Total Votes 371,694
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"


On November 2, 2010, Michael Capuano won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Capuano incumbent 98% 134,974
     None Other 2% 2,686
Total Votes 137,660

See also

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