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2002 Massachusetts general election

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A Massachusetts general election was held on November 5, 2002 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The election included:

Democratic and Republican candidates were selected in party primaries held September 17, 2002.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Republicans Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively, over Democratic candidates Shannon O'Brien and Chris Gabrieli, Green-Rainbow candidates Jill Stein and Tony Lorenzen, Libertarian candidates Carla Howell and Rich Aucoin, and independent candidates Barbara C. Johnson and Joe Schebel.

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Democrat William F. Galvin was re-elected Secretary of the Commonwealth for a third term. He defeated Perennial candidate Jack E. Robinson III in the general election.

2002 Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William F. Galvin 1,472,562 73.97% Increase3.95
Republican Jack E. Robinson III 516,260 25.93% Increase0.76
Write-in All others 1,832 0.09%
Turnout 1,990,654
Democratic hold Swing

Attorney General

Democrat Thomas Reilly ran unopposed.

2002 Massachusetts Attorney General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Thomas Reilly 1,602,817 99.24% Increase32.47
Write-in All others 12,326 0.76% Increase0.65
Total votes 1,615,143 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing

Treasurer and Receiver-General

Democratic primary



2002 Democratic primary for Treasurer[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 226,505 35.79%
Democratic Jim Segel 153,940 24.33%
Democratic Stephen J. Murphy 135,612 21.43%
Democratic Michael P. Cahill 116,737 18.45%

Republican primary


  • Dan Grabauskas, Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles
  • Bruce A. Herzfelder, businessman


2002 Republican primary for Treasurer[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Grabauskas 110,690 53.19%
Republican Bruce A. Herzfelder 96,851 46.54%
Write-in All others 560 0.27%

General election


2002 Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Timothy P. Cahill 1,040,281 50.66%
Republican Daniel Grabauskas 848,904 41.34%
Green-Rainbow James O'Keefe 163,559 7.96%
Write-in All others 830 0.04%
Total votes 2,053,574 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


Democrat A. Joseph DeNucci was re-elected Auditor. He defeated Libertarian Kamal Jain and Independent John James Xenakis.

2002 Massachusetts Auditor Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic A. Joseph DeNucci 1,456,880 77.96%
Independent John James Xenakis 277,974 14.87% N/A
Libertarian Kamal Jain 133,997 7.17%
Write-in All others 2,065 0.11%
Turnout 1,868,851
Democratic hold Swing

United States Senator

Democratic incumbent John Kerry was re-elected over his Libertarian challenger Michael Cloud.

United States House of Representatives

see 2002 Massachusetts United States House election

Massachusetts Senate

see 2002 Massachusetts Senate election [3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives

see 2002 Massachusetts House election [3]

Governor's Council

See 2002 Massachusetts Governor's Council election

Ballot measures

There were three statewide ballot questions, all initiatives, which the Massachusetts voters voted on this election. There were also various local ballot questions around the state.

Question 1

Abolishing the state income tax. A law to eliminate any state personal income tax for income or other gain realized on or after July 1, 2003.[4]

Question 1: Abolishing the state income tax
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 885,683 45.3%
No 1,069,467 54.7%

Question 2

Abolishing bilingual education and replacing it with a one-year program of rapid English immersion. A law that would require that, with limited exceptions, all public-school children must be taught all subjects in English.[5]

Question 2: Abolishing bilingual education [6]
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 1,359,935 67.98%
No 640,525 32.02%

Question 3

Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections. A non-binding question relative to the funding of political campaigns for public office.[7]

Question 3: Taxpayer funding for Clean Elections
Candidate Votes % ±
Yes 1,462,435 73.87%
No 517,285 26.13%


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  3. ^ a b State Election 2002: Candidates for Election (PDF), Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, retrieved August 31, 2020
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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