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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1984

United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 1984

November 6, 1984

Nominee John Kerry Ray Shamie
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,393,150 1,136,913
Percentage 55.06% 44.94%

Senator before election

Paul Tsongas

Elected Senator

John Kerry

The Massachusetts Senate election of 1984 was held in November 1984. Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts John Kerry was elected to succeed out-going Senator Paul Tsongas.


Democratic Party

Republican Party



Democratic Primary [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Kerry 322,470 40.83
Democratic James Shannon 297,941 37.72
Democratic David M. Bartley 85,910 10.88
Democratic Michael Connolly 82,999 10.51
All others 502 0.06
Republican Primary [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ray Shamie 173,851 62.38
Republican Elliot Richardson 104,761 37.59
All others 70 0.03

General election

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Kerry 1,393,150 55.06
Republican Ray Shamie 1,136,913 44.94
All others 408 0.02
Turnout 2,530,063

See also

Further reading

  • Kranish, Michael, Brian C. Mooney, and Nina J. Easton. John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, PublicAffairs, 2004. ISBN 1-58648-273-4.


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