2010 Massachusetts general election

The Massachusetts general election, 2010 was held on November 2, 2010 throughout Massachusetts. Primary elections took place on September 14, 2010.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray sought re-election. Republicans nominated former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charlie Baker for Governor and Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei for Lieutenant Governor.[1] State Treasurer Tim Cahill left the Democratic Party in September 2009 ran as an independent candidate.[2]

Patrick and Murray were re-elected to a second term in office.

Secretary of the Commonwealth[edit]

Democratic incumbent William F. Galvin sought re-election. Republicans nominated Woburn City Clerk William Campbell.[3] Galvin was also challenged by independent candidate James D. Henderson.[4]

General election[edit]

Galvin was re-elected to a fourth term in office with 64% of the vote.

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic William F. Galvin 1,420,481 64.34%
Republican William Campbell 720,967 32.70%
Independent James D. Henderson 61,812 2.80%
Write-in 1,424 0.16%

Attorney General[edit]

Attorney General Martha Coakley sought re-election.

Republican primary[edit]

The Republicans did not formally endorse a candidate at their state convention. Nevertheless, two late entry candidates, Jim McKenna,[6] and Guy Carbone[7] entered the campaign as write-in candidates. James McKenna received 27,711 certified write-in votes, which was a United States and Massachusetts electoral record.


Massachusetts Attorney General Republican Primary, 2010[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jim McKenna (Write-in) 27,711 54.38%
Republican Guy Carbone (Write-in) 9,505 18.66%
Other 13,734 26.96%

General election[edit]

Coakley was re-elected.

Massachusetts Attorney General Election, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Martha Coakley 1,417,538 62.76%
Republican Jim McKenna 839,274 37.16%
Write-in 1,981 0.08%


Treasurer Tim Cahill retired to run for Governor as an independent.

Democratic primary[edit]

Former Democratic National Committee National Chairman Steve Grossman won the Democratic primary against Boston City Councilor Stephen J. Murphy, and was opposed by Republican State Representative Karyn Polito (of Shrewsbury) in the general election.[9]


Massachusetts Treasurer Democratic Primary, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Steve Grossman 245,386 60.78%
Democratic Stephen J. Murphy 157,284 38.96%
Write-in 1,071 0.26%

General election[edit]

Massachusetts Treasurer Election, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Steve Grossman 1,208,098 54.84%
Republican Karyn Polito 993,127 45.08%
Write-in 1,784 0.08%


Auditor Joe DeNucci retired.

Republican primary[edit]



Massachusetts Auditor Republican Primary, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mary Z. Connaughton 176,864 86.30%
Republican Kamal Jain 27,017 13.20%
Write-in 848 0.41%

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Suzanne Bump, former Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Guy Glodis, Worcester County Sheriff
  • Mike Lake


Democratic primary results
Massachusetts Auditor Democratic Primary, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Suzanne Bump 198,984 49.41%
Democratic Guy Glodis 125,974 31.28%
Democratic Mike Lake 76,764 19.06%
Write-in 1,027 0.26%

General election[edit]

Nathanael Fortune, the Green-Rainbow Party nominee, also appeared on the November ballot.[4]

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Massachusetts Auditor Election, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Suzanne Bump 1,027,710 48.45%
Republican Mary Z. Connaughton 982,113 46.30%
Green-Rainbow Nathanael Fortune 108,997 5.14%
Write-in 2,186 0.10%

United States Senate[edit]

Neither of Massachusetts's two seats in the United States Senate was up for election in the 2010 general election. In January 2010, Republican Scott Brown won a special election to fill the seat of Ted Kennedy.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Massachusetts's ten seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election in 2010. All of the incumbent Representatives are seeking re-election, with the exception of Bill Delahunt of District 10. Massachusetts is expected to lose one congressional seat in the redistricting that will follow the 2010 census.[13]

Massachusetts Senate[edit]

All 40 seats in the Massachusetts Senate were up for election in 2010.

Massachusetts House of Representatives[edit]

All 160 seats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives were up for election in 2010.

Ballot measures[edit]

There were three statewide ballot questions, all initiatives. Question 1 passed, but Questions 2 and 3 failed.

Question 1 repealed the sales tax on alcohol. Question 2 would have repealed an affordable housing statute. Question 3 would have lowered the sales tax rate.[14]


Counties in Massachusetts will elect County Commissioners, District Attorneys, and Sheriffs.


  1. ^ Chabot, Hillary; McConville, Christine; Van Sack, Jessica (July 8, 2009). "Charles D. Baker leaving Harvard Pilgrim to run for governor". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Estes, Andrea (September 10, 2009). "Cahill enters race for governor". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  3. ^ O’Sullivan, Jim (April 13, 2010). "GOP chair sees Christy Mihos earning ballot spot". Boston Herald. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "2010 State Election Candidates". Massachusetts Elections Division. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election (PDF). 2010.
  6. ^ Millbury lawyer to run against Coakley http://www.telegram.com/article/20100719/NEWS/100719742/1116 Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  7. ^ Election overview: What's on the ballot statewide http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/x666132227/Election-overview-Whats-on-the-ballot-statewide Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "09/14/2010 State Primary" (PDF). Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Martin Finucane (April 28, 2010). "Grossman announces candidacy for treasurer". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  10. ^ a b c "09/14/2010 State Primary" (PDF). Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  11. ^ Haneisen, Rob (February 3, 2010). "Connaughton gets big crowd at fundraiser". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Murphy, Matt (April 21, 2010). "Jain launches campaign for state auditor". Lowell Sun. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Brace, Kimball (December 22, 2008). "New Population Estimates Show Slight Changes For 2008 Congressional Apportionment, But Point to Major Changes for 2010 – Table E" (PDF). ElectionDataServices. Retrieved December 25, 2008.
  14. ^ Secretary of the Commonwealth, 2010 Statewide Ballot Questions http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepip10/pip101.htm Retrieved August 22, 2010.

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