Results: Incumbents sweep Massachusetts races for U.S. Congress

It's a quiet election for Massachusetts Wikipedia editors: Every incumbent in the state's delegation to U.S. Congress has won reelection, reaffirming the power of incumbency in modern politics.

Eight of the nine U.S. representatives faced a general election challenge, but all were turned away by Wednesday's early morning hours. Only the 4th District's Jake Auchincloss had a free ride back to Washington D.C.

The results are both predictable and typical: Just three of the state's nine representatives slew a political incumbent to first claim office. In 2018, progressive Ayanna Pressley's insurgent primary campaign stunned longtime congressman and member of the Democratic House leadership Mike Capuano. The race sent shockwaves through Democratic circles.

Four years earlier, Democrat Seth Moulton primaried John Tierney for the 6th District seat. Tierney, who had weathered questions about his family's finances prior to the election, could not withstand the challenge.

You have to go back to 1996 to find the last time a Massachusetts incumbent lost to a challenger in the general election. That year, Democrat James McGovern knocked off Republican Peter Blute to claim the then 3rd District (now 2nd District) seat.

The incumbent's advantage isn't just a Bay State phenomenon. In 2020, incumbents in U.S. Congress won 96% of the races run, according to Ballotpedia.

Below are the results of the 2022 Massachusetts congressional races, as reported by The Associated Press. This results page will refresh every 30 seconds. Winners will be marked with a check.

You can see results in several other races:

This article was originally published on November 08, 2022.

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