2004 New Hampshire gubernatorial election

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New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2004

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  John Lynch (cropped).jpg Gov Craig Benson on 9-11-04.JPG
Nominee John Lynch Craig Benson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 340,299 325,981
Percentage 51.0% 48.9%

New Hampshire Governor Election Results by County, 2004.svg
Election results by county
Lynch:      50–60%
Benson:      50–60%

Governor before election

Craig Benson
Republican

Elected Governor

John Lynch
Democratic

In the 2004 New Hampshire gubernatorial race, multi-millionaire businessman John Lynch, a Hopkinton Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Governor Craig Benson of Rye, winning a two-year term. Benson was the first New Hampshire governor in 78 years to lose reelection after one term. Lynch was sworn in on January 6, 2005.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

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Democratic Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Lynch 43,798 74.28%
Democratic Paul McEachern 14,403 24.43%
Democratic Write-ins 761 1.29%
Total votes 58,962 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Craig Benson (incumbent) 49,097 74.00%
Republican Charles Tarbell 13,621 20.53%
Republican Write-ins 3,632 5.47%
Total votes 66,350 100.00%

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2004[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Lynch 340,299 51.02% +12.80%
Republican Craig Benson (incumbent) 325,981 48.87% -9.75%
Write-ins 740 0.11%
Majority 14,318 2.15% -18.26%
Turnout 667,020
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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