2018 Massachusetts general election

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Mike Capuano (left) lost his seat in the U.S. House after being defeated in the September 6 primary election by Ayanna Pressley (right), who was subsequently elected on November 6.

The 2018 Massachusetts general election was held on November 6, 2018, throughout Massachusetts. Primary elections took place on September 6. Early voting took place from October 22 through November 2.[1]

At the federal level, Elizabeth Warren was re-elected to the United States Senate, and all nine seats in the United States House of Representatives were won by Democratic Party candidates.[2]

Incumbents seeking re-election won all major statewide seats: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Auditor, and Treasurer.[2]

In the Massachusetts General Court (state legislature), Democrats gained one seat in the Senate and two seats in the House.[3]

The number of ballots cast, approximately 2.7 million, was the highest ever in Massachusetts for a midterm election.[4]

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Baker ran for re-election to a second term in office.[5]

Primary elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor were conducted separately on September 6, 2018, with the Democrats nominating former Patrick administration official Jay Gonzalez and former Obama administration advisor Quentin Palfrey. The Republicans re-nominated Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

Baker and Polito were re-elected in the general election.

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin ran for re-election to a seventh term in office.[6]

The Republican Party nominated Swampscott resident and security expert Anthony Amore.[6]

The Green-Rainbow Party nominated Holyoke resident and community organizer Juan Sanchez.[6]

Democratic primary[edit]

In the primary election, Galvin was re-nominated over Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim.

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Bill
Galvin
Josh
Zakim
Other Undecided
MassINC June 22–25, 2018 418 ± 4.9% 49% 18% 2% 30%

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William F. Galvin (incumbent) 433,086 67.6
Democratic Josh Zakim 208,011 32.4
Total votes 641,097 100.0

General election[edit]

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Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William F. Galvin (incumbent) 1,877,065 70.8
Republican Anthony Amore 671,300 25.3
Green-Rainbow Juan Sanchez 100,428 3.8
n/a Write-ins 1,731 0.1
Total votes 2,650,524 100.0
Democratic hold

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey ran for re-election to a second consecutive term.[7] Healey was a speculative candidate for Governor but declined to run.

Republican primary[edit]

The Republican Party nominated Bourne attorney James McMahon for Attorney General over Hingham attorney Daniel Shores.

Results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James McMahon 134,963 61.1
Republican Daniel Shores 86,098 38.9
Total votes 221,061 100.0

General election[edit]

Massachusetts Attorney General election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maura Healey (incumbent) 1,874,209 69.9
Republican James McMahon 804,832 30.0
n/a Write-ins 1,858 0.1
Total votes 2,680,899 100.0
Democratic hold

Treasurer and Receiver-General[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Treasurer and Receiver-General Deb Goldberg ran for re-election to a second term in office.[8]

State Representative and Republican National Committeewoman Keiko Orrall was unopposed for the Republican nomination.[8]

The Green-Rainbow party nominated Northampton resident Jamie Guerin. Guerin previously served as Jill Stein's 2016 Massachusetts campaign co-ordinator.[8]

General election[edit]

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Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deb Goldberg (incumbent) 1,761,282 67.6
Republican Keiko Orrall 749,596 28.8
Green-Rainbow Jamie Guerin 92,090 3.5
n/a Write-ins 1,590 0.1
Total votes 2,604,558 100.0
Democratic hold

Auditor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Auditor Suzanne M. Bump ran for re-election to a third term in office.[9]

Helen Brady, business manager of the Boston Pops and candidate for State Representative in 2016,[10] was unopposed for the Republican nomination.[9]

The Libertarian Party nominated former Congressional candidate Daniel Fishman.[9]

The Green-Rainbow Party nominated activist and educator Edward Stamas.[9]

General election[edit]

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Massachusetts Auditor election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (incumbent) 1,606,518 62.1
Republican Helen Brady 801,583 31.0
Libertarian Daniel Fishman 108,953 4.2
Green-Rainbow Edward J. Stamas 67,355 2.6
n/a Write-ins 1,875 0.1
Total votes 2,586,284 100.0
Democratic hold

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren ran for re-election to a second term. Her opponents were Republican State Representative Geoff Diehl and independent Shiva Ayyadurai.

Warren was re-elected in the general election.


Massachusetts Senate Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Elizabeth Warren (incumbent) 1,633,371 60.3
Republican Geoff Diehl 979,210 36.2
Independent Shiva Ayyadurai 91,710 3.4
N/A Write-ins 2,2,799 0.1
Total votes 2,650,524 100.0
Democratic hold

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Massachusetts' nine seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

All nine seats were won by Democratic Party candidates. Seven seats were won by candidates seeking re-election. The 3rd District seat was won by Lori Trahan, after incumbent Niki Tsongas did not seek re-election. The 7th District seat was won by Ayanna Pressley, who defeated incumbent Mike Capuano in the primary election, and then ran unopposed in the general election.

Massachusetts Senate[edit]

2018 Massachusetts Senate elections

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All 40 seats in the Massachusetts Senate
21 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Seats before 33 7
Seats won 34 6
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1

All 40 seats in the Massachusetts Senate were up for election in 2018.

In the general election, the Democratic Party captured 33 seats, while the Republican Party captured six seats.[2] The Republicans had previously held seven seats.[3] The seat gained by the Democrats was in the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district, where challenger Becca Rausch defeated incumbent Richard J. Ross by a two percent margin.[3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives[edit]

All 160 seats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

In the general election, the Democratic Party captured 127 seats, the Republican Party captured 32 seats, and one seat (2nd Franklin) was won by an independent incumbent.[2] The Republicans had previously held 34 seats; Democrats took seats in the 18th Essex and the 17th Worcester districts.[3]

County[edit]

Counties in Massachusetts elected county commissioners, district attorneys, registers of probate, and sheriffs.

Ballot measures[edit]

There were three statewide ballot questions: Question 1, which would have placed limits on nurse-to-patient ratios, was rejected; Question 2, an initiative to create a panel of citizens to propose amendments to the United States Constitution about campaign finance, was approved; and Question 3, a referendum on a prior law regarding discrimination based on gender identity in public places, was approved, meaning the law will remain in effect.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Early Voting in Massachusetts". sec.state.ma.us. 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Massachusetts Election Results". The New York Times. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Schoenberg, Shira (November 7, 2018). "Democrats pick up seats in Massachusetts Legislature". MassLive.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Gavin, Christopher (November 9, 2018). "The number of ballots cast in the midterm elections set a record in Massachusetts". Boston.com. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Salsberg, Bob (November 28, 2017). "Charlie Baker confirms run for 2nd term as Massachusetts governor". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Election guide: Secretary of State". bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Election guide: Attorney General". bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Election guide: Treasurer". bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "Election guide: Auditor". bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "MA State House - Fourteenth Middlesex". ourcampaigns.com. OurCampaigns. Retrieved October 31, 2018.

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