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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 2014

United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Ed Markey Brian Herr
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,285,736 789,378
Percentage 61.96% 38.04%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Ed Markey
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ed Markey
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in Massachusetts was held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, concurrently with the election of the Governor of Massachusetts, other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Ed Markey is running for re-election to a first full term in office.[1] Primary elections were held on September 9, 2014. Markey was unopposed for the Democratic nomination; Hopkinton Selectman Brian Herr was also unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Background

Incumbent Democratic Senator John Kerry, serving since 1985, had planned to run for re-election to a sixth term, but it was announced on December 15, 2012 that Kerry would be nominated as United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed Mo Cowan as a temporary replacement for Kerry after he was confirmed as Secretary of State and resigned his Senate seat. There was a special election on June 25, 2013 to finish the term, in which Democrat Ed Markey was elected.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Republican primary

At the Republican State Convention on March 22, 2014, candidates were charged thousands of dollars to speak at the convention, and Addivinola declined to do so. He was then ruled "ineligible" to be nominated and Herr was nominated without opposition. However, while Herr has struggled to turn in sufficient signatures to make the ballot, Addivinola has apparently done so.[5][6]

Candidates

Declared

Did not qualify

Declined

Independent

Candidates

Withdrew

  • Bruce Skarin, government research scientist[11][19]

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ed
Markey (D)
Brian
Herr (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling October 30–November 2, 2014 887 ± 3.3% 52% 38% 10%
WNEU October 21–30, 2014 430 LV ± 5% 54% 34% 12%
522 RV ± 4% 53% 31% 17%
Suffolk University October 27–29, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 48.8% 33.8% 17.4%
Umass Amherst October 20–27, 2014 591 LV ± 4.4% 53% 37% 9%
800 RV ± 3.8% 52% 32% 15%
WBUR/MassINC October 22–25, 2014 494 ± 4.4% 57% 32% 1% 9%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 2,218 ± 3% 54% 32% 0% 14%
WBUR/MassINC October 1–4, 2014 504 ± 4.4% 56% 30% 1% 13%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 2,389 ± 2% 54% 31% 1% 14%
Suffolk University September 25–28, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 53.8% 30.4% 15.8%
WNEU September 20–28, 2014 416 LV ± 5% 56% 34% 10%
536 RV ± 4% 52% 34% 14%
WBUR/MassINC September 16–21, 2014 502 ± 4.4% 58% 30% 1% 11%
Rasmussen Reports September 16–17, 2014 750 ± 4% 49% 31% 5% 15%
Boston Globe September 14–16, 2014 407 ± 4.85% 53% 27% 21%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,846 ± 4.9% 61% 34% 2% 3%

Results

General election results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Markey (Incumbent) 1,285,736 61.96%
Republican Brian Herr 789,378 38.04%
Totals 2,075,114 100%
Democratic hold

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Hillary Chabot (June 26, 2013). "For Ed Markey, race is just beginning". Boston Herald. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dave Wedge (February 21, 2009). "John Kerry sets sights on 2014". Boston Herald. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sen. John Kerry plans re-election run for 2014, calls secretary of state ambitions ‘rumors’". Washington Post. August 4, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (May 10, 2013). "After leaving U.S. Senate, Mo Cowan will not run for office".  
  5. ^ David S. Bernstein (May 7, 2014). "The Massachusetts GOP Can’t Get Out of Its Own Way". Boston Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Frank Phillips (May 6, 2014). "Fisher asked for $1 million to drop lawsuit, GOP says". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "GOP's Herr to challenge Markey in Senate race". abc 6. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Miller, By Joshua (January 29, 2014). "Hopkinton Republican launches bid for US Senate". Boston Globe. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (February 18, 2014). "Republican Frank Addivinola launches campaign for U.S. Senate seat held by Ed Markey". masslive.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "2014 Republican Primary Candidates". Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Sutner, Shaun (February 14, 2014). "Senate candidate Skarin wants to win $15 by $15". Worcester Telegram. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ Arthur Christopher Schaper (February 21, 2014). "Arthur Schaper: Mark Inman for US Senate (Really?!)". GoLocalWorcester.com. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ Cerullo, Mac (January 12, 2013). "Ablow vows truth in possible Senate run". Newburyport News. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ Phillips, Frank; O'Sullivan, Jim (September 3, 2013). "Republican Charles Baker to announce Mass. gubernatorial bid Wednesday".  
  15. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (December 19, 2013). "'"Scott Brown: New Hampshire Move is 'Strictly Personal.  
  16. ^ Miller, Joshua (January 9, 2014). "Gomez will not run for office in 2014".  
  17. ^ a b LeBlanc, Steve (November 11, 2012). "Eyes Turn To Future Of Mass. Governor and U.S. Senate Races".  
  18. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (September 16, 2013). "State Rep. Dan Winslow resigns from House, rejoins private sector".  
  19. ^ Rizzuto, Robert (July 30, 2014). "Independent US Senate hopeful Bruce Skarin ends campaign to challenge Sen. Ed Markey". MassLive. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ "2014 Massachusetts Senate Election Results". Politico.com. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 

External links

  • U.S. Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2014 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
  • Ed Markey for U.S. Senate
  • Frank Addivinola for U.S. Senate
  • Brian Herr for U.S. Senate
  • Bruce Skarin for U.S. Senate
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