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Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election, 2007

 

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election, 2007

Massachusetts held a special election to fill a vacancy in Massachusetts's 5th congressional district on October 16, 2007.[1] Democrat Niki Tsongas won election to Congress, defeating Republican Jim Ogonowski in an election that was closer than expected.[2]

Marty Meehan had been the district's Representative to Congress since 1993. He announced his resignation in May 2007 (effective July 1), allowing him to become the next Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.[1] Meehan had last won re-election in 2006, when he ran unopposed. The district was considered to be strongly Democratic, as it voted 58% for the Democratic candidate (John Kerry) in the most recent presidential election. In addition, Massachusetts had not elected a Republican to Congress since Peter Blute and Peter Torkildsen were last elected to office in 1994 (both were defeated in 1996). No Republican had held the 5th congressional district's seat since Paul W. Cronin departed from office in 1975 after his defeat by Democrat Paul Tsongas in 1974.

A primary election was held on September 4, 2007 to determine each political party's nominee for the general election.[1] Niki Tsongas won the Democratic primary race and Jim Ogonowski won the Republican primary race. Niki Tsongas won the election with 51% of the vote; Ogonowski only received 45% of the votes.

Candidates

All candidates for the election are listed alphabetically first by party, then by name. Bold is primary winners and general election candidates.

Constitution

Democratic

Independent

Republican

Withdrawn / not running

Democratic

Republican

Polling

Democratic Primary

Source Date Donoghue (D) Eldridge (D) Finegold (D) Miceli (D) Tsongas (D)
Survey USA Aug 27-29, 2007 29% 15% 9% 3% 40%
Survey USA Aug 11-13, 2007 16% 13% 14% 4% 38%
Kiley & Company Aug 8-9, 2007 18% 16% 13% 4% 34%
JEF Associates Aug 6-7, 2007 22% 7% 8% 4% 28%
Kiley & Company Jul 15, 2007 13% 12% 10% 4% 36%
JEF Associates Jun 28-30, 2007 17% 10% 13% 4% 26%
Kiley & Company May 22, 2007 9% 10% 11% 3% 38%
Garin-Hart-Yang Research May 3-4, 2007 13% 5% 10% 4% 36% DiPaola (D) O'Brien (D)
Kiley & Company Mar 23-24, 2007 9% 9% 8% 3% 35% 6% 3%

Republican Primary

Source Date Ogonowski (R) Tierney (R)
Survey USA Aug 27-29, 2007 72% 12%

General Election

Source Date Ogonowski (R) Tsongas (D) Thompson (C) Hayes (I) Murphy (I)
Survey USA Oct 8-10, 2007 42% 51% 0% 2% 4%
RCCC Poll Oct 1-5, 2007 39% 44% N/A N/A N/A
Survey USA Sep 7-9, 2007 41% 51% 2% 2% 1%

Results

Bold indicates winner of nomination. Source: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/politics/14003157/detail.html

General Election

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Niki Tsongas 54,363 51.32 -48.68
Republican Jim Ogonowski 47,770 45.10 +45.10
Independent Patrick O. Murphy 2,170 2.05 +2.05
Independent Kurt Hayes 1,125 1.06 +1.06
Constitution Kevin Thompson 494 0.47 0.47
Plurality 6,593 6%
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing 46.89% D to R

Democratic Primary

Candidates Democratic Primary Election, Sep 4
Candidate Party Votes Percent
Niki Tsongas Democratic 19,811 35.69%
Eileen Donoghue Democratic 17,373 31.29%
Jamie Eldridge Democratic 8,041 14.48%
Barry Finegold Democratic 6,996 12.60%
Jim Miceli Democratic 3,296 5.94%

Republican Primary

Candidates Republican Primary Election, Sep 4
Candidate Party Votes Percent
Jim Ogonowski Republican 12,014 89.04%
Tom Tierney Republican 1,479 10.96%

See also

References

External links

Candidate Web Sites

Democratic

  • Eileen Donoghue for Congress web site
  • Jamie Eldridge for Congress web site
  • Barry Finegold for Congress web site
  • Jim Miceli for Congress web site
  • Niki Tsongas for Congress web site

Republican

  • Jim Ogonowski for Congress web site
  • Tom Tierney for Congress web site

Constitution

  • Kevin Thompson for Congress web site

Independent

  • Kurt Hayes for Congress web site
  • Patrick Murphy for Congress web site
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