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MASSACHUSETTS

massachusettsPopulation: 6,794,422 (2015)

Filing deadline: May 10, 2016

Primary: September 8, 2016.

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Massachusetts (D+10) is one of the most liberal states. It has not elected a Republican to the House since 1994 and the State Legislature has a massive Democratic majority. The state still elected three GOP Governors in a row before the last Democrat and has again elected one. In 2010, Massachusetts was 79% White, 6% Black, 8% Hispanic and 5% Asian.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 11. Mas­sachu­setts is a safe state for the Dems in Presidential elections.

Senators: 2 Demo­crats.

Elizabeth Warren. (Pic: Congress)

Elizabeth Warren. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Eliza­beth Warren (D)
Committees: Banking, Health & Education.

Democratic nominee: Eliza­beth Warren
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Harvard professor Eliza­beth Warren (b.1949) was a well known consumer advocate when she was first elected in 2012, beating an incumbent Republican with 54%.

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Ed Markey. (Pic: Congress)

Ed Markey. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Ed Markey (D)
Committees: Commerce, Foreign Relations, Environment, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeEd Markey
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2020.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer Ed Markey (b.1946) served in the House from 1977 until winning a special election for this Senate seat in 2013. He took 62% in 2014.

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Representatives: 9 Representatives, all Democrats.

Richard Neal. (Pic: Congress)

Richard Neal. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Richard Neal (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Richard Neal
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+13) covers western and south central parts of the state, including Springfield. It is 80% White and 12% Hispanic. Teacher and Springfield Mayor Richard Neal (b.1949) was first elected in 1988 and had no opponents in 2014.

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Jim McGovern. (Pic: Congress)

Jim McGovern. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Jim McGovern (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Rules.

Democratic nominee: Jim McGovern
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+8) covers central areas, from the southern state border to the northern, including Worchester. It is 83% White. Political scientist Jim McGovern (b.1959) held several jobs for various Democratic politicians before he was first elected by defeating one of the last two GOP Congressmen in 1996. He had no opponents in 2014.

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Niki Tsongas. (Pic: Congress)

Niki Tsongas. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Niki Tsongas (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: Niki Tsongas
Republican nomineeAnn Wofford

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+6) covers northern and northwestern areas. It is 75% White and 14% Hispanic. Lawyer Niki Tsongas (b.1946) was first elected in a special election in 2007 and took 63% in 2014. She is the widow of former US Senator Paul Tsongas. The GOP is running chemical engineer and 2014-nominee Ann Wofford.

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Joe Kennedy. (Pic: Congress)

Joe Kennedy. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Joe Kennedy (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Joe Ken­nedy
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+7) covers southern areas west of Boston and is 88% White. Lawyer Joe Kennedy (b.1980) is the son of the former Congressman by the same name and a grandson of US Senator and AG Robert Kennedy. He was first elected in 2012 and had no opponents in 2014. The GOP primary has three candidates; lawyer David Coffey, John Maxwell and veteran Dave Rosa.

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Katherine Clark. (Pic: Congress)

Katherine Clark. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Katherine Clark (D)
Committees: Education, Science.

Democratic nomineeKatherine Clark
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+14) covers areas north and west of Boston and is 77% White and 9% Asian. Lawyer and State Senator Katherine Clark first won the seat in a special election in late 2013. She had no opponents in 2014.

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Seth Moulton. (Pic: Congress)

Seth Moulton. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Seth Moulton (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Budget, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeSeth Moulton
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+4) covers the northeastern corner of the state and is 87% White. Veteran and businessman Seth Moulton defeated the incumbent Democrat in the 2014 primary and took 55% in November.

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Mike Capuano. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Capuano. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Mike Capuano (D)
Committees: Ethics, Financial Services, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Mike Capuano
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+31) covers parts of Boston and Cambridge, and southern suburbs. It is 49% White, 21% Black, 17% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Lawyer Mike Capuano (b.1952) was first elected in 1998 and had no opponents in 2014.

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Stephen Lynch. (Pic: Congress)

Stephen Lynch. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Stephen Lynch (D)
Committees: Financial Services, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Stephen Lynch
Republican nomineeBill Burke

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+6) covers parts of Boston, and areas to the south. It is 79% White. Lawyer and State Senator Stephen Lynch (b.1955) won a special election in 2001 and had no opponents in 2014. The GOP is fielding businessman Bill Burke.

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Bill Keating. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Keating. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Bill Keating (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: Bill Keating
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The district (D+5) covers the southeastern corner of the state and is 90% White. Lawyer Bill Keating (b.1952) was first elected in 2010 and took 55% in 2014. For the GOP, biologist Mark Alliegro and veteran Tom O’Malley are running.

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STATE LEVEL

Charlie Baker. (Pic: State of MA)

Charlie Baker. (Pic: State of MA)

Governor: Charlie Baker (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeCharlie Baker

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The state is very liberal, but has often elected moderate Republicans for Governor. 2010-nominee and businessman Charlie Baker (b.1956) won on the second attempt, with 48% in 2014. He could be in trouble in 2018, and is only a slight favorite for re-election.

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Karyn Polito. (Pic: State of MA)

Karyn Polito. (Pic: State of MA)

Lieutenant Governor: Karyn Polito (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Karyn Polito

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
The LG is nominated separately, but elected on the same ticket as the gubernatorial nominee. Businesswoman and State Representative Karyn Polito (b.1966) ran with Baker in 2014.

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Bill Galvin. (Pic: State of MA)

Bill Galvin. (Pic: State of MA)

Secretary of State: Bill Galvin (D)

Democratic nominee: Bill Galvin
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Bill Galvin (b.1950) was first elected in 1994 and took 68% in 2014.

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Deb Goldberg. (Pic: State of MA)

Deb Goldberg. (Pic: State of MA)

Treasurer: Deb Goldberg (D)

Democratic nomineeDeb Goldberg
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer Deb Goldberg (b.1954) was first elected with 55% in 2014. Her family owns the largest chain of super markets in New England.

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Suzanne Bump. (Pic: State of MA)

Suzanne Bump. (Pic: State of MA)

Auditor: Suzanne Bump (D)

Democratic nominee: Suzanne Bump
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Suzanne Bump (b.1956) was first elected in 2010 and took 58% in 2014.

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Maura Healey. (Pic: State of MA)

Maura Healey. (Pic: State of MA)

Attorney General­: Maura Healey (D)

Democratic nomineeMaura Healey
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 24, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 24, 2016:
Lawyer Maura Healey (b.1971) was elected with 62% in 2014.

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State Senate: 40 (34D / 6R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.
State House: 160 (126D / 34R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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