2014 Massachusetts general election Article

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The Massachusetts general election, 2014 was held on November 4, 2014 throughout Massachusetts. Primary elections took place on September 9, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Democratic Governor Deval Patrick did not seek re-election to a third term in office. [1] The office of Lieutenant Governor had been vacant since the resignation of Tim Murray on June 2, 2013. [2]

Primary elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor were conducted separately on September 9, 2014, with the Democrats nominating Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and former CEO of the Democratic National Convention Steve Kerrigan, and the Republicans nominating former state cabinet secretary and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker and former State Representative Karyn Polito. Three Independent candidates also ran: healthcare executive Evan Falchuk and his running mate Angus Jennings; evangelical pastor Scott Lively and his running mate Shelly Saunders; and businessman Jeff McCormick and his running mate Tracy Post.

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin ran for re-election to a sixth term in office. [3] Malden City Councilor At-Large David D'Arcangelo ran as a Republican [4] and Acton attorney Danny Factor ran as a candidate with the Green-Rainbow Party. [5]

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
William F.
Galvin (D)
David
D'Arcangelo (R)
Other Undecided
Suffolk University October 27–29, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 54.4% 15% 3.2% [6] 27.4%
Umass Amherst September 19–23, 2014 437 LV ± ? 56% 28% <1% 16%
587 RV ± 4.4% 53% 24% <1% 23%
Suffolk University September 25–28, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 54.8% 12.6% 4% [6] 28.6%
General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William F. Galvin 1,395,616 67.4
Republican David D'Arcangelo 597,491 28.9
Green-Rainbow Daniel L. Factor 74,789 3.6
Total votes 2,186,789 100

Attorney General

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley was eligible to run for re-election to a third term in office, but she instead ran for Governor. [7]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Former State Senator Warren Tolman and former Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey [8] [9] ran for the Democratic nomination. [10]

State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. was a Democratic candidate, but dropped out of the race to run for re-election to the House instead. [11]

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Maura
Healey
Harold
Naughton
Warren
Tolman
Other Undecided
Boston Globe September 2–3, 2014 400 ± 4.8% 45% 29% 27%
UMass Lowell August 25–31, 2014 685 ± 4.55% 34% 39% 27%
Boston Globe August 17–19 & 24–26, 2014 361 ± 5.2% 30% 30% 40%
Suffolk August 21–24, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 28.5% 34.75% 36.75%
Boston Globe August 10–12 & 17–19, 2014 358 ± 5.2% 28% 26% 46%
Boston Globe June 1–3 & 8–10, 2014 442 ± 4.7% 22% 20% 58%
Suffolk June 4–7, 2014 450 ± 4.6% 21.33% 17.56% 61.11%
Suffolk Jan. 29–Feb. 3, 2014 309 ± ? 16.5% 1.94% 24.6% 56.96%

Results

Democratic convention vote [12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Warren Tolman 2,232 51.8
Democratic Maura Healey 2,037 48.1
Total votes 4,309 100

Bold denotes candidate met the minimum threshold of 15 percent to appear on the primary ballot

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maura Healey 321,264 62
Democratic Warren Tolman 194,844 38
Total votes 516,108 100

Republican primary

Attorney John Miller was the only Republican to file to run for the office. [13]

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Maura
Healey (D)
John
Miller (R)
Other Undecided
Suffolk University October 27–29, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 44.8% 23.8% 31.4%
Umass Amherst September 19–23, 2014 441 LV ± ? 53% 30% 1% 16%
593 RV ± 4.4% 52% 24% <1% 23%
Suffolk University September 25–28, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 49% 18.4% 32.6%
General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maura Healey 1,280,513 61.7
Republican John Miller 793,821 38.2
Total votes 2,186,789 100

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Incumbent Democratic Treasurer and Receiver-General Steve Grossman was eligible to run for re-election to a second term in office, but he instead ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Governor. [14]

Democratic primary

Candidates

State Representative Tom Conroy, [15] State Senator Barry Finegold and former member of the Brookline Board of Selectmen Deb Goldberg were the Democratic candidates.

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Thomas
Conroy
Barry
Finegold
Deb
Goldberg
Other Undecided
Boston Globe September 2–3, 2014 400 ± 4.8% 15% 23% 18% 44%
Boston Globe August 17–19 & 24–26, 2014 361 ± 5.2% 9% 17% 14% 60%
Suffolk August 21–24, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 6.5% 7.75% 19.75% 66%
Boston Globe August 10–12 & 17–19, 2014 358 ± 5.2% 10% 16% 13% 62%
Boston Globe June 1–3 & 8–10, 2014 442 ± 4.7% 8% 12% 11% 69%
Suffolk June 4–7, 2014 450 ± 4.6% 4.44% 8.44% 10.67% 76.44%
Suffolk Jan. 29–Feb. 3, 2014 309 ± ? 5.50% 9.06% 18.45% 66.99%

Results

Democratic convention vote [12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deb Goldberg 1,638 39
Democratic Thomas Conroy 1,461 33.9
Democratic Barry Finegold 1,165 27.1
Total votes 4,264 100

Bold denotes candidate met the minimum threshold of 15 percent to appear on the primary ballot

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deb Goldberg 202,077 43
Democratic Barry Finegold 149,188 32
Democratic Thomas Conroy 121,802 26
Total votes 473,067 100

Republican primary

Businessman Mike Heffernan was the only Republican to file to run. [16]

Green-Rainbow nomination

Ian T. Jackson ran as a Green-Rainbow candidate. [17]

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Deb
Goldberg (D)
Mike
Heffernan (R)
Other Undecided
Suffolk University October 27–29, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 39% 26% 3.6% [18] 31.4%
Umass Amherst October 20–27, 2014 591 LV ± 4.4% 46% 33% 20%
800 RV ± 3.8% 43% 29% 26%
Umass Amherst September 19–23, 2014 437 LV ± ? 47% 35% 1% 18%
587 RV ± 4.4% 45% 31% 1% 23%
Suffolk University September 25–28, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 43.8% 20.2% 4.6% [18] 31.4%
General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deb Goldberg 1,120,192 55.1
Republican Mike Heffernan 828,894 40.8
Green-Rainbow Ian T. Jackson 81,907 4.0
Total votes 2,186,789 100

Auditor

Incumbent Democratic Auditor Suzanne M. Bump ran for re-election to a second term in office. [19] Patricia Saint Aubin was the Republican challenger [20] and M.K. Merelice ran as a candidate with the Green-Rainbow Party. [21]

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Suzanne M.
Bump (D)
Patricia
Saint
Aubin (R)
Other Undecided
Suffolk University October 27–29, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 33.4% 22.8% 4.4% [22] 39.4%
Umass Amherst October 20–27, 2014 591 LV ± 4.4% 45% 31% 22%
800 RV ± 3.8% 42% 27% 30%
Suffolk University September 25–28, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 38.2% 19.4% 4.8% [22] 37.6%
General election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump 1,146,987 57.7
Republican Patricia Saint Aubin 757,213 38.1
Green-Rainbow M. K. Merelice 81,430 4.1
Total votes 2,186,789 100

United States Senate

The Massachusetts seat in the United States Senate won by Ed Markey in the 2013 special election was up for election in 2014. Markey was re-elected with 62% of the vote. [23]

United States House of Representatives

All of Massachusetts' nine seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2014.

Massachusetts Senate

All 40 seats in the Massachusetts Senate were up for election in 2014.

Massachusetts House of Representatives

All 160 seats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives were up for election in 2014.

County

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

Ballot measures

There were four state-wide ballot questions, all initiatives.

References

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  2. ^ http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/report-massachusetts-lt-gov-expected-to-resign
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