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Massachusetts general election, 2002


Massachusetts general election, 2002

A Massachusetts general election was held on November 5, 2002 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 17, 2002.


  • Statewide elections 1
    • United States Senator 1.1
    • Governor & Lieutenant Governor 1.2
    • Attorney General 1.3
    • Secretary of the Commonwealth 1.4
    • Treasurer and Receiver-General 1.5
  • Auditor 2
  • District elections 3
    • U.S. House of Representatives 3.1
    • State House of Representatives 3.2
    • State Senate 3.3
    • Governor's Council 3.4
  • Ballot questions 4
  • References 5

Statewide elections

United States Senator

Democratic incumbent John Kerry was re-elected over his Libertarian challenger Michael Cloud.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Republicans Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democratic candidates Shannon O'Brien and Chris Gabrieli, Green-Rainbow candidates Jill Stein and Tony Lorenzen, Libertarian candidates Carla Howell and Rich Aucoin, and independent candidates Barbara C. Johnson and Joe Schebel.

Attorney General

Democrat Thomas Reilly ran unopposed.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas Reilly 1,602,817 99.24%
Write-in 12,326 0.76%
Turnout 1,615,143
Democratic hold Swing

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Democrat William F. Galvin was re-elected Secretary of the Commonwealth for a third term. He defeated Perennial candidate Jack E. Robinson III in the general election.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William F. Galvin 1,472,562 73.97%
Republican Jack E. Robinson III 516,260 25.93%
Write-in 1,832 0.09%
Turnout 1,990,654
Democratic hold Swing

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Timothy P. Cahill was elected Treasurer and Receiver-General. He defeated Jim Segel, Stephen J. Murphy, and Michael P. Cahill in the Democratic primary and Daniel Grabauskas and James O'Keefe in the general election.

Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Democratic primary, 2002 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 226,505 35.79%
Democratic Jim Segel 153,940 24.33%
Democratic Stephen J. Murphy 135,612 21.43%
Democratic Michael P. Cahill 116,737 18.45%
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Republican primary, 2002 [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dan Grabauskas 110,690 53.19%
Republican Bruce A. Herzfelder 96,851 46.54%
Write-in 560 0.27
Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 1,040,281 50.66
Republican Daniel Grabauskas 848,904 41.34
Green-Rainbow James O'Keefe 163,559 7.96
Write-in 830 0.04
Turnout 2,053,574
Democratic hold Swing


Democrat A. Joseph DeNucci was re-elected Auditor. He defeated Libertarian Kamal Jain and Independent John James Xenakis.

Massachusetts Auditor Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic A. Joseph DeNucci 1,456,880 77.96
Independent John James Xenakis 277,974 14.87
Libertarian Kamal Jain 133,997 7.17
Write-in 2,065 0.11
Turnout 1,868,851
Democratic hold Swing

District elections

U.S. House of Representatives

see Massachusetts United States House election, 2002

State House of Representatives

see Massachusetts House election, 2002

State Senate

see Massachusetts Senate election, 2002

Governor's Council

See Massachusetts Governor's Council election, 2002

Ballot questions

There were three statewide ballot questions, all initiatives, which the Massachusetts voters voted on this election. There were also various local ballot questions around the state.

Statewide Questions:

  • Question 1 - Abolishing the state income tax. A law to eliminate any state personal income tax for income or other gain realized on or after July 1, 2003. [3]
  • Question 2 - Abolishing bilingual education and replacing it with a one-year program of rapid English immersion. A law that would require that, with limited exceptions, all public-school children must be taught all subjects in English. [4]
  • Question 3 - Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections. A law that would allow taxpayer money to be used to fund political campaigns for public office. [5]
Question 1: Abolishing the state income tax
Candidate Votes % ±%
Yes 885,683 45.3%
No 1,069,467 54.7%
Question 2: Abolishing bilingual education [6]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Yes 1,359,935 67.98%
No 640,525 32.02%
Question 3: Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections
Candidate Votes % ±%
Yes 1,462,435 73.87%
No 517,285 26.13%


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