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2012 U.S. House Elections in Massachusetts

Primary Date
September 6, 2012

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Massachusetts District Pages
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected nine candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's nine congressional districts.
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 was 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.[1]

See also: Massachusetts elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the nine districts was considered to be in play, District 6.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win eight districts. It did not make a projection for the remaining seat.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Massachusetts tied with Kentucky, Maine, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and West Virginia for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (9 out of 18). The national average was 54.31%.

Eight U.S. House incumbents sought re-election in Massachusetts in 2012. 3 of those 8 (37.5%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held all 10 of the Congressional seats from Massachusetts. However, the state lost one seat after the 2010 census and elected 9 representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from Massachusetts -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 9
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 10 9

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 10 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Barney Frank Electiondot.png Democratic 4
Bill Keating Electiondot.png Democratic 10
Ed Markey Electiondot.png Democratic 7
Jim McGovern Electiondot.png Democratic 3
John Olver Electiondot.png Democratic 1
John Tierney Electiondot.png Democratic 6
Michael Capuano Electiondot.png Democratic 8
Niki Tsongas Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Richard Neal Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Stephen Lynch Electiondot.png Democratic 9

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 9 seats up for election in 2012 in Massachusetts. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
Massachusetts, District 1 Democratic Party Richard Neal 76.6% 336,555 All Others
Massachusetts, District 2 Democratic Party Jim McGovern 74.5% 342,736 All Others
Massachusetts, District 3 Democratic Party Niki Tsongas 30.7% 335,111 Jon Golnik
Massachusetts, District 4 Democratic Party Joseph Kennedy III 24.5% 373,114 Sean Bielat
Massachusetts, District 5 Democratic Party Ed Markey 47.9% 364,201 Tom Tierney
Massachusetts, District 6 Democratic Party John Tierney 1.1% 389,852 Richard Tisei
Massachusetts, District 7 Democratic Party Michael Capuano 59.5% 285,134 Karla Romero
Massachusetts, District 8 Democratic Party Stephen Lynch 48.9% 371,694 Joe Selvaggi
Massachusetts, District 9 Democratic Party William Keating 24.9% 385,799 Christopher Sheldon

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Richard Neal John Olver Democratic Party Richard Neal No
2nd Democratic Party Jim McGovern Richard Neal Democratic Party Jim McGovern No
3rd Democratic Party Niki Tsongas
Republican Party Jon Golnik
Jim McGovern Democratic Party Niki Tsongas No
4th Democratic Party Joseph Kennedy III
Republican Party Sean Bielat
Independent David Rosa
Barney Frank Democratic Party Joseph Kennedy III No
5th Democratic Party Ed Markey
Republican Party Tom Tierney
Niki Tsongas Democratic Party Ed Markey No
6th Democratic Party John Tierney
Republican Party Richard Tisei
Libertarian Party Daniel Fishman
John Tierney Democratic Party John Tierney No
7th Democratic Party Michael Capuano
Independent Karla Romero
Ed Markey Democratic Party Michael Capuano No
8th Democratic Party Stephen Lynch
Republican Party Joe Selvaggi
Michael Capuano Democratic Party Stephen Lynch No
9th Democratic Party William Keating
Republican Party Christopher Sheldon
Independent Daniel Botelho
Stephen Lynch Democratic Party William Keating No
10th District Removed in Redistricting Bill Keating N/A N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Richard NealGreen check mark transparent.png

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates filed to run as Republicans.

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Jim McGovernGreen check mark transparent.png

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates filed to run as Republicans.

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Niki TsongasGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jon Golnik

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Joseph Kennedy IIIGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sean Bielat
Independent David Rosa

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

5th Congressional District

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

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John TierneyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard Tisei
Libertarian Party Daniel Fishman

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Michael CapuanoGreen check mark transparent.png
Independent Karla Romero

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates filed to run as Republicans.

Independent Independent Candidate

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Stephen LynchGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Selvaggi

Democratic Party September 6 Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

9th Congressional District

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


See also

External links

References

  1. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts "Voter Registration Information," Accessed July 25, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Massachusetts," September 2012
  4. Boston Herald "2 Mass. men announce plans for congressional runs" accessed January 24, 2012
  5. Official Campaign Site "About" accessed January 24, 2012
  6. Official Campaign Site "About" May 14, 2012
  7. Rachel Brown for Congress "Home" August 25, 2012
  8. Washington Post "Joe Kennedy III announces run for Barney Frank’s seat," February 15, 2012
  9. Official Herb Robinson Campaign Website
  10. Boston Globe "Brookline School Committee member readies run against Barney Frank," September 9, 2011
  11. Boston Globe "Sean Bielat to make 2d bid for Congress," January 18, 2012
  12. Herald News "Fall River dentist to run for Congress" August 25, 2012
  13. Frank Addivinola "Official Campaign Page" May 14, 2012
  14. Roll Call "Republican Announces Long-Shot Bid in Massachusetts," June 21, 2011
  15. Reading Patch "Tierney Spokesperson: Negative Effects of Redistricting Overstated," accessed January 3, 2012
  16. Wakefield Patch "Richard Tisei Announces Run for Congress, Pledges to 'Turn Things Around,'" accessed January 3, 2012
  17. Roll Call "Mike Capuano Won't Challenge Scott Brown, Seeking Re-Election," September 2, 2011
  18. Inquirer and Mirror "Redistricting: Keating chooses Cape and Islands," November 17, 2011
  19. Patriot Ledger "Iraq War vet from Quincy hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch," February 4, 2012
  20. Facebook "Joe Selvaggi 2012
  21. Inquirer and Mirror "Redistricting: Keating chooses Cape and Islands," November 17, 2011
  22. WPRI "Sam Sutter Making a Run for Congress" accessed January 24, 2012
  23. Herald News "A Plymouth Republican to join 9th Congressional district race" accessed January 22, 2012
  24. Boston Herald "Republican Adam Chaprales enters House race" May 14, 2012