Posted by: jamesvw | November 13, 2009

December 8 – Massachusetts Senate Primary

Dec. 8 – Massachusetts Senate Primary

Click here for all the updates on the race – including ads, polls and candidate positions

This is the big race of the Special Election Season. Massachusetts has the immense task of filling the seat of the late Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy who held the seat since 1962 until his death this past fall. This election will also mark the first time that  a Kennedy has not filled the seat since John F. Kennedy first won the seat in 1952.

Contested Senate primaries are a rare thing for Democratic voters in Massachusetts. The other senator, John Kerry, has held his seat since 1984.

Click here to request an absentee ballot in this race. To find out where you vote on election day, click here. This is somewhat of a confusing election so any questions on how to vote for this election that you may have will be quickly answered in the comments.

Special Note – Massachusetts has same-day reregistration, so if you are registered as an unenrolled voter (Massachusetts does not have independent registration), you can still vote in the primary of your choice.  If you re-register for that party on the day of the election, you are allowed to vote in that party’s primary. As soon as you have voted, you may unregister yourself from the party and return to being unenrolled

Democrats have 4 candidates running in the primary, while Republicans have 2 to choose from.



Congressman Michael Capuano is attempting to move from the House to the Senate in his run for this office. Currently representing the 8th district in Massachusetts which spans parts of Boston as well as Cambridge, Somerville and Chelsea, Capuano is one of the most liberal members of congress and has served since 1999. To visit his website, click here.

Current Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley has emerged as the leader in recent polls as well as in fundraising. Born in North Adams in the far west of the state, Coakley is the only candidate to have run a state-wide campaign before. She was elected as Middlesex District Attorney in 1998 where she served 8 years and was elected Attorney General in 2006. To visit her website, click here.

Alan Khazei co-founded one of the most successful service programs in the United States and he is looking to bring this experience to Washington. His program, City Year, brings together young people to become active in their community and work for service organizations. Currently the CEO of Be the Change Inc., another well-renowned non-profit organization, Khazei is seeking his first elected office. To visit his website, click here.

As co-owner of a successful sports franchise, Steve Pagliuca is looking to transition from the business world to representing Massachusetts in the Senate. Since 2003, he has owned part of the Boston Celtics and spent much of his career working for Bain Capital, a private equity firm. To visit Pagliuca’s website, click here.


Party leaders have coalesced around Scott Brown, one of only 5 Republican State Senators out of a legislative body of 40. Representing a district centered around Wrentham, Brown was first elected in 2004 and is one of the most well-known Republican politicians in Massachusetts. To visit his website, click here.

Hoping to upset the party’s wishes is Jack E. Robinson, a frequent candidate who was the Republican candidate against Senator Kennedy in 2000. An outspoken conservative with a series of controversial events in his past, Robinson entered the race at the end of October and will have only a little more than a month to catch up. To see his website, click here.

To find out more about the the Democratic Primary, visit



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