|Poll||Date||Sample||Hudak (R)||Tierney (D)||Spread|
|Final Results||--||--||43.1||56.9||Tierney +13.8|
|2008: Tierney (D) 70%, Baker (R) 30%||2008: Obama (D) 57%, McCain (R) 40%
|2006: Tierney (D) 70%, Barton (R) 30%||2004: Kerry (D) 58%, Bush (R) 41%
|2004: Tierney (D) 70%, O'Malley (R) 30%||2000: Gore (D) 57%, Bush (R) 36%|
Massachusetts’ 6th District is the northeastern corner of the state. One of the more geographically compact districts, the 6th was one of the last Massachusetts districts to begin to elect Democrats, electing them from 1966 through 1992, and again from 1996 to the present. There is still a vestigial Republican party here at the state level; Senator Scott Brown dominated here, winning with an estimated 58 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney ran well, and even the hapless Kerry Healey acquitted herself well in her 2006 gubernatorial race.
Congressman John Tierney beat one of the two final Republican congressmen from Massachusetts in 1996, when he defeated Peter Torkildsen by around 400 votes. Since defeating Torkildsen again in 1998, Tierney has won consistently by large margins, while compiling one of the most liberal voting records in the House.
Tierney will face off against attorney Bill Hudak in the fall. Hudak seems to have surprised Tierney, raising $490,000 to Tierney’s $560, as of the end of the second quarter. Tierney still has a large cash-on-hand advantage, but this could be a sign that Tierney risks being caught sleeping.