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United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2008

The 2008 congressional elections in Massachusetts were held on November 4, 2008 to determine who will represent the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; whoever is elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 4, 2009 until January 3, 2011. The election coincides with the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

Massachusetts has ten seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Its 2007-2008 congressional delegation consisted of ten Democrats. This remains unchanged, and CQ Politics had forecasted all districts safe for its Democratic incumbent.

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • District 1 2
  • District 2 3
  • District 3 4
  • District 4 5
  • District 5 6
  • District 6 7
  • District 7 8
  • District 8 9
  • District 9 10
  • District 10 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2008[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 2,245,778 86.21% 10
Republican 318,461 12.22% 0
Independents 40,875 1.57% 0
Totals 2,605,114 100.00% 10

District 1

Massachusetts's 1st congressional district covers roughly the northwest half of the state. It has been represented by Democrat John Olver since June, 1991. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 1st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Olver (inc.) 215,696 72.85%
Republican Nathan A. Bech 80,067 27.04%
Write-ins 336 0.11%
Totals 296,099 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 2

Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district lies in the south-central part of the state. It has been represented by Democrat Richard Neal since 1989. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Neal (inc.) 234,369 98.47%
Write-ins 3,631 1.53%
Totals 238,000 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 3

Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district lies in the central and southeastern part of the state. It has been represented by Democrat Jim McGovern since 1997. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim McGovern (inc.) 227,619 98.49%
Write-ins 3,488 1.51%
Totals 231,107 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 4

Massachusetts's 4th congressional district lies in the southern part of the state, including the South Coast region. It has been represented by Democrat Barney Frank since 1981. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 4th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barney Frank (inc.) 203,032 67.95%
Republican Earl Henry Sholley 75,571 25.29%
Independent Susan Allen 19,848 6.64%
Write-ins 337 0.11%
Totals 298,788 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 5

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district lies in the north-east part of the state. It has been represented by Democrat Niki Tsongas since October, 2007. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Niki Tsongas (inc.) 225,947 98.71%
Write-ins 2,960 1.29%
Totals 228,907 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 6

Massachusetts's 6th congressional district covers the north-east corner of the state. It has been represented by Democrat John Tierney since 1997. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 6th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Tierney (inc.) 226,216 70.40%
Republican Richard A. Baker 94,845 29.52%
Write-ins 251 0.08%
Totals 321,312 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 7

Massachusetts's 7th congressional district lies in the eastern part of the state, including some Boston suburbs. It has been represented by Democrat Edward J. Markey since 1976. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 7th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Markey (inc.) 212,304 75.64%
Republican John Cunningham 67,978 24.22%
Write-ins 400 0.14%
Totals 280,682 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 8

Massachusetts's 8th congressional district lies in the eastern part of the state, including part of Boston and the immediately adjacent cities of Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea. It has been represented by Democrat Mike Capuano since 1999. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 8th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Capuano (inc.) 185,530 98.55%
Write-ins 2,722 1.45%
Totals 188,252 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 9

Massachusetts's 9th congressional district lies in the eastern part of the state, including part of Boston and some of its southern suburbs. It has been represented by Democrat Stephen Lynch since October 2001. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 9th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Stephen Lynch (inc.) 242,166 98.72%
Write-ins 3,128 1.28%
Totals 245,294 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 10

Massachusetts's 10th congressional district covers the south-east part of the state, including parts of the South Shore and all of Cape Cod and The Islands. It has been represented by Democrat Bill Delahunt since 1997. CQ Politics forecasted the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Massachusetts's 9th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bill Delahunt (inc.) 272,899 98.64%
Write-ins 3,774 1.36%
Totals 276,673 100.00%
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm#stateMA

External links

  • Elections from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Massachusetts at Project Vote Smart
  • Massachusetts U.S. House Races from 2008 Race Tracker
  • Campaign contributions for Massachusetts congressional races from OpenSecrets.org
Preceded by
2006 elections
United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts
2008
Succeeded by
2010 elections
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