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2013 United States Senate elections

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2013 United States Senate elections

← 2012 June 25, 2013 – October 16, 2013 2014 →

2 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate
51 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
Harry Reid official portrait 2009.jpg
Sen Mitch McConnell official.jpg
Leader Harry Reid Mitch McConnell
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Nevada Kentucky
Seats before 52 46
Seats after 53 45
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 1,383,730 1,118,764
Percentage 54.7% 44.2%
Seats up 1 1
Races won 2 0

  Third party
Party Independent
Seats before 2
Seats after 2
Seat change Steady
Popular vote 14,233
Percentage 0.5%
Seats up 0
Races won 0

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Results of the elections:
     Democratic gain
     Democratic hold
     No election

Majority Leader before election

Harry Reid

Majority Leader after election

Harry Reid

There were two special elections to the United States Senate in 2013; ordered by election date:

(linked to summaries below)
Incumbent Results Candidates
Senator Party Electoral
(Class 2)
Mo Cowan Democratic 2013 (Appointed) Interim appointee retired.
New senator elected June 25, 2013.
Democratic hold.
Ed Markey (Democratic) 54.8%
Gabriel E. Gomez (Republican) 44.8%
New Jersey
(Class 2)
Jeffrey Chiesa Republican 2013 (Appointed) Interim appointee retired.
New senator elected October 16, 2013.
Democratic gain.
Cory Booker (Democratic) 54.9%
Steve Lonegan (Republican) 44.0%

Massachusetts (Special)

2013 United States Senate special election in Massachusetts

← 2008 June 25, 2013 2014 →
Ed Markey, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2 (cropped).jpg
Gabriel e gomez (cropped).jpg
Nominee Ed Markey Gabriel E. Gomez
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 645,429 525,307
Percentage 54.7% 44.5%

U.S. senator before election

Mo Cowan

Elected U.S. Senator

Ed Markey

Senator John Kerry (D) resigned.
Senator John Kerry (D) resigned.
Senator Mo Cowan (D) was appointed to continue the term until this election.
Senator Mo Cowan (D) was appointed to continue the term until this election.

A special election was held June 25, 2013 to fill the Class 2 seat for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2015.

The vacancy that prompted the special election was created by the resignation of Senator John Kerry, in order to become U.S. Secretary of State.[1] On January 30, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick chose his former Chief of Staff Mo Cowan to serve as interim U.S. Senator. Cowan declined to participate in the election. A party primary election was held April 30 to determinate the nominees of each party for the general election. The Massachusetts Democrats nominated congressman Ed Markey, while the Massachusetts Republicans nominated Gabriel E. Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL.

The special primary elections took place on April 30. Democratic Congressman Ed Markey and Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez won their respective primaries.

Massachusetts Democratic special primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Markey 311,219 57.0
Democratic Stephen Lynch 230,335 43.0
Massachusetts Republican special primary[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gabriel Gomez 96,276 51.0
Republican Michael J. Sullivan 67,918 36.0
Republican Daniel Winslow 24,630 13.0
Massachusetts special election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Edward Markey 642,988 54.71% Decrease11.11
Republican Gabriel Gomez 525,080 44.53% Increase13.54
Twelve Visions Party Richard Heos 4,518 0.39% n/a
Write-ins and Blank 4,495 0.38% n/a
Majority 120,122 10.18%
Turnout 1,179,781
Democratic hold Swing Decrease 11.1

New Jersey (Special)

United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

← 2008 October 16, 2013 2014 →
Cory Booker, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg
Steve Lonegan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nominee Cory Booker Steve Lonegan
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 740,742 593,684
Percentage 54.9% 44.0%

U.S. senator before election

Jeffrey Chiesa

Elected U.S. Senator

Cory Booker

Jeffrey Chiesa (R) was appointed to continue until this election.
Jeffrey Chiesa (R) was appointed to continue until this election.

A special election was held October 16, 2013 to fill the Class 2 seat for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2015. The vacancy resulted from the death of five-term Democrat Frank Lautenberg on June 3, 2013.[4] In the interim, the seat was held by Republican Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, who was appointed on June 6, 2013 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to serve until the elected winner was sworn in.[5] At the time of his appointment, Chiesa, then New Jersey's Attorney General, announced that he would not be a candidate in the special election.[6]

Following Lautenberg's death, there was a great deal of speculation and controversy over when a special election would or could be scheduled, but the following day, June 4, 2013, Christie announced that the primary would take place on August 13, 2013, and the special election on October 16, 2013.[7] Christie was criticized for scheduling a separate election for Senate when a gubernatorial election was already taking place in November. In the primary elections, the Republicans nominated former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and the Democrats nominated Newark Mayor Cory Booker.[8] Booker led in every opinion poll and the race was called for him at approximately 9:45pm EDT on October 16, 2013. Booker resigned as Mayor of Newark and was sworn in on October 31, 2013 to become the junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

The special primary elections took place on August 13. Former Republican Mayor of Bogota Steve Lonegan and Democratic Mayor of Newark Cory Booker won their respective primaries.[8] They faced off against six Independent/Third Party candidates in the October 16, 2013 general election.

New Jersey special Republican primary election[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Lonegan 103,280 80.09%
Republican Alieta Eck 25,669 19.91%
Total votes 128,958 100.00%
New Jersey special Democratic primary election[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cory Booker 216,936 59.17%
Democratic Frank Pallone 72,584 19.80%
Democratic Rush D. Holt Jr. 61,463 16.76%
Democratic Sheila Oliver 15,656 4.27%
Total votes 366,639 100.00%
New Jersey special election[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Cory Booker 740,742 54.92% -1.11%
Republican Steve Lonegan 593,684 44.02% +2.07%
Independent Edward C. Stackhouse, Jr. 5,138 0.38% N/A
Independent Robert Depasquale 3,137 0.23% N/A
Independent Stuart David Meissner 2,051 0.15% N/A
Independent Pablo Olivera 1,530 0.11% N/A
Independent Antonio Nico Sabas 1,336 0.10% N/A
Independent Eugene M. LaVergne 1,041 0.08% N/A
Total votes '1,348,659' '100.0%' N/A
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ "Senate votes to confirm Kerry as secretary of state". Reuters. January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "2013 Massachusetts Senate Special Election Primaries". April 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics, 2014 (Report). Commonwealth of Massachusetts Elections Division. 2014. Archived from the original on December 31, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Blake, Aaron (June 3, 2013). "Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  5. ^ Blake, Aaron (June 6, 2013). "Christie to appoint Jeff Chiesa to Senate". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Zernike, Kate; Santora, Marc (June 6, 2013). "Christie Picks New Jersey's Attorney General to Be Interim Senator". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "Writ of Election" (PDF). June 4, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "New Jersey Senate Election: Cory Booker Wins Democratic Primary". August 13, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "2013 New Jersey Senate Special Election Primaries". August 13, 2013.
  10. ^ "Official List Candidates for US Senate - For SPECIAL GENERAL ELECTION FOR US SENATE 10/16/2013 Election" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. October 28, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
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