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2010 Massachusetts general election

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

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- [Narrator] Hillary The Movie was a documentary created by Citizens United, a non-profit corporation designed to be a feature length attack on Hillary Clinton. The movie sparked more than just political controversy during the 2008 election. It also led to a landmark United States Supreme Court case about the regulation of campaign spending by corporations. Section 441B of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 prohibits corporations from publicly advocating for or against a candidate before an election. The act authorized the Federal Election Commission to enforce this prohibition. Citizens United requested a preliminary injunction against the Federal Election Commission in an attempt to prevent the Commission from applying the act to Hillary The Movie. The non-profit argued that the act was an unconstitutional restriction on political speech by corporations and it therefore, violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The District Court denied the injunction relying on precedent that had previously upheld Section 441B as constitutional. Using this special procedures under the act Citizens United skipped the Court of Appeals and petitioned directly to the United States Supreme Court. The issue before the Supreme Court was whether restrictions on independent expenditures by corporations to expressly advocate for or against a political candidate are constitutional under the First Amendment's Freedom of Speech protections. The court held that corporations have the right to freedom of political speech and that the government may not restrict independent political expenditures based on the speaker's corporate identity. Previously, in Buckley versus Valeo, in 1976, the court had indicated that the First Amendment does not allow political speech restrictions based on a speaker's corporate identity. In that case, the court drew a distinction between pocket to pocket campaign contributions which go from a corporation directly to a political candidate. And independent expenditures, which support a particular candidate, but don't directly go into the candidate's pocket. The Buckley Court held that statutory limits on corporate contributions are generally constitutional. But restrictions on independent expenditures aren't. But the court took a different tact in Austin versus Michigan Chamber of Commerce in 1990. In that case, the court found that corporate wealth corrupts the political process. And that corporation independent expenditures to advocate for or against a political candidate can be constitutionally restricted. Writing for a five to four majority Justice Kennedy determined that Austin went too far. Millions of corporations, he noted, don't have access to large amounts of wealth to spend on political campaigns. Kennedy further reasoned that political speech, even from a corporation, is indispensable to a well-functioning democracy. Additionally, the court found no evidence that corporate speech promotes corruption of the political process. Even if evidence of corruption existed the government's interests in preventing corruption doesn't outweigh the corporation's constitutionally protected interests in free speech. The court overruled Austin and held that Section 441B can't constitutionally restrict independent expenditures by corporations to support or oppose a political candidate. The court revered the District Court's ruling on the constitutionality of Section 441B and remanded the case back to the District Court. Chief Justice Roberts filed a concurring opinion. Arguing that principals of stare decisis didn't justify continued adherence to Austin. Justice Stevens wrote an opinion dissenting in part and concurring in part stating that there is a serious need to limit corporate political speech. Stevens argued that the majority took a radical departure from established First Amendment law. According to Stevens, the framers were suspicious of corporations, and intentionally gave corporations less political speech protections than individuals. The framers considered unlimited corporate speech and large pools of corporate wealth to be a lethal combination that would corrupt the democratic process. Justice Scalia wrote a concurring opinion criticizing Stevens' dissent. Scalia argued that the Framers didn't resent corporations as they exist today. The Framers merely resented the state granted monopoly privileges that many corporations enjoyed in the founding era. Because these monopoly privileges no longer exist, Scalia argued that the Framers wouldn't strip today's corporations of the right to free speech. Lastly, Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in part, and dissenting in part. Thomas agreed with the majority but would have gone further. He would have struck down the act's disclosure, disclaimer, and reporting requirements, as well. Citizens United versus the Federal Elections Commission was a landmark case that paved the way for giving corporations the same freedoms of political speech that individuals enjoy. The case caused substantial controversy. With front row seats at President Obama's 2010 State of the Union Address the nine justices listened as President Obama criticized the courts ruling for reversing a century of law and allowing elections to be bankrolled by the wealthiest corporations.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor

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

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

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

Attorney General Martha Coakley sought re-election.

Republican primary

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

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

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

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



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



Democratic primary results
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

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

2010 Massachusetts Auditor election by municipality.svg
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

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

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

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

Massachusetts House of Representatives

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

Ballot measures

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 Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  7. ^ Election overview: What's 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 Retrieved August 22, 2010.

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