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Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2012

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2012 State Legislative
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One special election for the Massachusetts General Court took place in 2012. This election was called to fill a vacancy in the Massachusetts State Senate, 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District.

How vacancies are filled

If there is a vacancy in the Massachusetts General Court, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held on the next regularly scheduled date on the election calendar.[1] Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.[2]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 36
     Republican Party 4
Total 40

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of July 2014
     Democratic Party 126
     Republican Party 29
     Vacancy 5
Total 160

Special elections

January 10, 2012

See also