2001 Massachusetts's 9th congressional district special election

2001 Massachusetts's 9th congressional district special election

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Nominee Stephen F. Lynch Jo Ann Sprague
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 44,943 22,645
Percentage 64.97% 32.73%

U.S. Representative before election

Joe Moakley

Elected U.S. Representative

Stephen F. Lynch

Massachusetts's 9th congressional district special election of 2001 was held on October 16, 2001 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Joe Moakley. Democratic State Senator Stephen F. Lynch won the election; defeating six candidates in the Democratic primary and three in the general election.


The Democratic and Republican primaries were held on September 11, 2001. The election was overshadowed by the September 11 attacks, which occurred shortly after polls opened.[1]

Stephen Lynch defeated State Senators Cheryl Jacques, Brian A. Joyce, and Marc R. Pacheco, former federal prosecutor William F. Sinnott, housing advocate John E. Taylor, and activist William A. Ferguson, Jr. for the Democratic nomination.

Democratic primary [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Stephen F. Lynch 44,905 39.44%
Democratic Cheryl Jacques 32,933 28.93%
Democratic Brian A. Joyce 16,818 14.77%
Democratic Marc R. Pacheco 15,009 13.18%
Democratic William F. Sinnott 3,110 2.73%
Democratic John E. Taylor 767 0.67%
Democratic William A. Ferguson, Jr. 253 0.22%
Write-in 253 0.22%
Total votes 114,048 100.0%

State Senator Jo Ann Sprague defeated State Republican Committeeman William D. McKinney for the Republican nomination.

Republican primary [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jo Ann Sprague 9,013 68.98%
Republican William D. McKinney 3,789 29.00%
Write-in 265 2.03%
Total votes 13,076 100.0%

General election[edit]

Stephen F. Lynch won the general election. He defeated his nearest competitor, Jo Ann Sprague, by over 22,000 votes.

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Stephen Lynch 44,943 64.97%
Republican Jo Ann Sprague 22,645 32.73%
Conservative Susan C. Gallagher-Long 827 1.20%
Socialist Workers Brock Satter 510 0.74%
Write-in 253 0.37%
Total votes 69,178 100.0%