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MA-1 - Western portion of the state including Amherst. Our incumbent, John Olver, ran unopposed last time, and is running unopposed this time.
MA-1: Safe Blue.
MA-2 - South central portion of the state including Northampton. Our incumbent, Richard Neal, ran unopposed last time, and is running unopposed this time.
MA-2: Safe Blue.
MA-3 - Central and Southern portion of the state including Worcester. Our guy, Jim McGovern, carried 70% last time, a full 11 points better than Kerry. This time he's running unopposed, so I'm figuring high 90s.
MA-3: Safe Blue.
MA-4 - Boston Suburbs. Our guy, Barney Frank, carried 78% last time. Kerry only got 65%. Their guy is Chuck Morse, a radio talk show host. Well, he's not really running. He missed the filing deadline, so he's not on the ballot, and he doesn't want to mount a write-in campaign. But he's not conceding. What.Ever.
MA-4: Safe Blue.
MA-5 - North Central portion of the state including Lawrence. Our incumbent, Martin Meehan, got 67%, and is running unopposed.
MA-5: Safe Blue.
MA-6 - Northern coastal area including Peabody. Our incumbent, John Tierney, got 70%, or 12 better than Kerry. Their guy is Rick Barton, a veteran Navy pilot and flight instructor, now a small business owner and coach for a youth hockey team. Nothing to see here. Move along.
MA-6: Safe Blue.
MA-7 - More Boston Suburbs. Our guy, Ed Markey, carried 74% last time, but will get substantially more than that this time, as he has no Republican opponent.
MA-7: Safe Blue.
MA-8 - Part of Boston. Our guy, Michael Capuano, ran unopposed last time, but Kerry packed away a tidy 82%. Their giu os Robert Paul Constantino, Jr ("Bobby C") whose website is politicalgateway.com/cand.php?id=382. As if that doesn't scream "SAD SACK" at you, imagine a site with the following in the bio section:
Sadly, however, he learned shortly after accepting the position that his student loan company had denied his forbearance requests and his loans were going into default. As a prosecutor making $35,000 a year, he couldn't afford to stay.
MA-8: Safe Blue.
MA-9 - The other part of Boston. Our guy, Stephen Lynch, ran unopposed last time, and is running unopposed this time, too.
MA-9: Safe Blue.
MA-10 - Southern coastal area including Cape Cod. Our guy, Bill Delahunt, got by with 66% last time, or 10 better than Kerry. Their guy is Jeffrey Beatty, a Delta Force Officer (in the first BlackHawk Down), an FBI Agent, and CIA Counter-terrorism officer. He also runs "TotalSecurity" a corporation whose very name invokes mental images of brown shirts and billy clubs. There is also a third party candidate in Peter White, who is running on an impeachment platform. Still...
MA-10: Safe Blue.