2002 United States Senate election in Massachusetts

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Nominee John Kerry Michael Cloud
Party Democratic Libertarian
Popular vote 1,605,976 369,807
Percentage 80.03% 18.43%

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Municipal results

U.S. senator before election

John Kerry

Elected U.S. Senator

John Kerry

The 2002 United States Senate election in Massachusetts took place on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator John Kerry won re-election to a fourth term against Libertarian Michael Cloud, with no Republican filing to run.

The lack of a Republican Party candidate caused Cloud to receive the largest percentage of votes for a U.S. Senate candidate in the Libertarian Party's history, though this record has since been eclipsed by Joe Miller in Alaska in 2016 and Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. in Arkansas in 2020. Cloud also won the largest number of raw votes for a Libertarian candidate at the time, since eclipsed by Harrington.

Kerry's support for the invasion of Iraq also prompted a late write-in challenge by anti-war candidate Randall Forsberg.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John F. Kerry (Incumbent) 615,517 99.35%
Write-in 3,979 0.65%
Total votes 619,496 100.00%

Major candidates



General election


Source Ranking As of
Sabato's Crystal Ball[1] Safe D November 4, 2002


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Results by county
2002 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John F. Kerry (incumbent) 1,605,976 80.03% Increase27.29
Libertarian Michael Cloud 369,807 18.43% N/A
Independent Randall Forsberg (write-in) 24,898 1.24% N/A
Write-in 6,077 0.30% Increase0.24
Total votes 2,006,758 100.00%

See also


  1. ^ "Senate Races". www.centerforpolitics.org. November 4, 2002. Archived from the original on November 18, 2002. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  2. ^ "PD43+ >> 2002 U.S. Senate General Election". Massachusetts Elections Division. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (2003-05-01). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002". U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 19.