Over the next several weeks I will preview each congressional district in Massachusetts in numerical order. With each preview, there will be a general focus on the Republican primary including my personal recommendation and prediction for each race.
Massachusetts 1st congressional district has a PVI of D+14. It is the 79th most Democratic district in the nation, and the 4th most Democratic district in Massachusetts. In 2008, Incumbent John Olver (D) was re-elected with 73% of the vote against Nate Bech (R). This year, Olver is being challenged by William L. Gunn (R)
and Michael Engel (U). The Republican primary is uncontested.
According to the 2nd quarter filings with the FEC, Bill Gunn has raised $9,451 and has $2,846 cash on hand. Incumbent John Olver has raised $606,500 and has $361,780 cash on hand. Independent Michael Engel has raised $16,945 ($16,000 from the candidate) and has $15,700 cash on hand.
Bill Gunn is running on a platform of Limited Government, Repealing the Health Care Bill, Debt Reduction, Availability to Constituents, Lower Taxes and Parental Rights. More information is available at his website BillGunnForCongress.com
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Recommendation: With an uncontested primary my choice is easy. I recommend voting for Bill Gunn for Congress in both the Republican primary and the general election.
Prediction: John Olver (D) 70%, Bill Gunn (R) 25%, Michael Engel (U) 5%.
Unfortunately, this is not a good district for a Republican and Bill Gunn has neither the financial resources nor the history of electoral success at this time to have a credible chance to win.
For this poll, and future polls, I will list all candidates regardless of party in a single selection poll. It is not intended to reflect either a primary or general election ballot.[poll id=”