Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
September 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
William Keating Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party
(Elected to District 8)
Stephen Lynch.jpg

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

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The 9th congressional district of Massachusetts held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

William Keating won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts' 9th, on November 6th, 2012.[1] He had previously served as the representative for the now-defunct 10th 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 9th Congressional District was represented by Stephen Lynch (D). However, Lynch was drawn into the 8th Congressional district. Current 10th Congressional district incumbent William Keating ran in the 9th District. Keating was also drawn into the 8th District, but he opted to move his residence into the 9th Congressional district, where no other incumbent currently resides.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Massachusetts' 9th congressional district was located in the southeastern portion of the state and included Plymouth county.[4]

The 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts, prior to the 2010-2011 redistricting process.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party William KeatingGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Christopher Sheldon
Independent Daniel Botelho

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Independent candidate

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Keating Incumbent 55.1% 212,754
     Republican Christopher Sheldon 30.2% 116,531
     Independent Daniel Botelho 8.5% 32,655
     N/A All Others 0.1% 465
     N/A Blank Votes 6.1% 23,394
Total Votes 385,799
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Democratic Primary

The primary was held on the September 6, 2012. [9]

Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Keating Incumbent 59.2% 31,314
Sam Sutter 40.8% 21,616
Total Votes 52,930

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts

Owing to the redistricting process, the 9th district has shifted east to occupy the area formerly known as the 10th district.

According to the Daily Kos, "I’m a little puzzled as to why they would create an open seat that contained as many strong Republican towns as this new district does. About two-thirds of this district is currently represented by freshman Rep. Keating, but his 2010 Republican opponent, former state Rep. Jeff Perry of Sandwich, carried most of these towns. (The remaining portion, primarily found in Barney Frank’s current district, is where most of the Democratic strength originates ) Scott Brown did pretty well in this district, as did Charlie Baker, and the GOP has had decent success at lower levels across most of this territory." [10]

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' 9th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[11]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 52D / 48R

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' 9th congressional district has a PVI of D+8, which is the 122nd most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 59-41 percent over George W. Bush (R).[12]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Stephen Lynch won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Vernon Harrison (R) and Philip Dunkelbarger (I) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Congressional District 9, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lynch Incumbent 68.3% 157,071
     Republican Vernon Harrison 26.1% 59,965
     Independent Philip Dunkelbarger 5.5% 12,572
     None Other 0.2% 356
Total Votes 229,964

Campaign donors

Bill Keating

Bill Keating (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$304,571.70$135,796.13$(41,784.58)$398,583.25
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$398,583.25$178,774.00$(58,342.45)$519,014.80
Running totals

Sam Sutter

Sam Sutter (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]March 31, 2012$0.00$55,435.00$(33,663.38)$21,771.62
July Quarterly[17]June 30, 2012$21,771.62$118,090.00$(85,744.86)$54,116.76
Running totals

Adam Chaprales

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Adam Chaprales' reports.

Adam Chaprales (2012)[18] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary Report[19]August 25, 2012$8,734.38$8,670.00$(14,819.39)$2,584.99
July Quarterly[20]July 14, 2012$0.00$29,874.00$(18,897.64)$10,976.36
Running totals

Christopher Sheldon

Christopher Sheldon (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]March 31, 2012$0.00$12,782.26$(11,945.27)$836.99
July Quarterly[22]June 30, 2012$836.99$12,018.22$(13,405.47)$-550.26
Running totals

External links

See also


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  2. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "Voter Registration Information," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. Boston Herald "Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff," November 7, 2011
  4. Massachuestts Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed August 31, 2012
  5. Inquirer and Mirror "Redistricting: Keating chooses Cape and Islands," November 17, 2011
  6. WPRI "Sam Sutter Making a Run for Congress" accessed January 24, 2012
  7. Herald News "A Plymouth Republican to join 9th Congressional district race" accessed January 22, 2012
  8. Boston Herald "Republican Adam Chaprales enters House race" May 14, 2012
  9. Associated Press "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed October 5, 2012
  10. Daily Kos "Massachusetts Redistricting Analysis" August 29, 2012
  11. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Massachusetts," September 2012
  12. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  14. Federal Election Commission "Bill Keating April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Bill Keating July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Sam Sutter April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission "Sam Sutter July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission "Adam Chaprales Summary Report," Accessed October 1, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission "Pre-Primary Report" Accessed October 1, 2012
  20. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed October 1, 2012
  21. Federal Election Commission "Christopher Sheldon April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  22. Federal Election Commission "Christopher Sheldon July Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012