United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1984

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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1984
← 1978 November 6, 1984 1990 →
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Nominee John Kerry Ray Shamie
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,393,150 1,136,913
Percentage 55.06% 44.94%

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Results by town. Red indicates towns carried by Ray Shamie, blue indicates towns carried by John Kerry.

Senator before election

Paul Tsongas

Elected Senator

John Kerry

The Massachusetts Senate election of 1984 was held in November 1984. The election was won by Democrat John Kerry, the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts who remained Senator until 2013 when he resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State. One-term incumbent Paul Tsongas declined to seek re-election and retired from the Senate following a battle with cancer.


Democratic Party[edit]

Republican Party[edit]



Democratic Primary [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Kerry 322,470 40.83%
Democratic James Shannon 297,941 37.72%
Democratic David M. Bartley 85,910 10.88%
Democratic Michael Connolly 82,999 10.51%
All others 502 0.06%
Republican Primary [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ray Shamie 173,851 62.38%
Republican Elliot Richardson 104,761 37.59%
All others 70 0.03%

General election[edit]

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Kerry 1,393,150 55.06%
Republican Ray Shamie 1,136,913 44.94%
All others 408 0.02%
Turnout 2,530,063

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Kranish, Michael, Brian C. Mooney, and Nina J. Easton. John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, PublicAffairs, 2004. ISBN 1-58648-273-4.