Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

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Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014

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  Dannel Malloy 2016.jpg Thomas C Foley (cropped).jpg
Nominee Dannel Malloy Thomas C. Foley
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Nancy Wyman Heather Bond Somers
Popular vote 554,314 526,295
Percentage 50.8% 48.2%

Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2014 results by municipality.svg

Governor before election

Dannel Malloy
Democratic

Elected Governor

Dannel Malloy
Democratic

The 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy won re-election to a second term in office. Connecticut, unlike most states, holds separate primary elections for governor and lieutenant governor, with the winners then running together on the same ticket.

Malloy and incumbent Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman were renominated unopposed. The Republicans nominated former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and nominee for governor in 2010 Thomas C. Foley and Groton Town Councilor Heather Bond Somers. Independent candidate Joe Visconti, a former West Hartford Town Councilor and the Republican nominee for Connecticut's 1st congressional district in 2008 was running with Chester Harris, a former Republican Haddam School Board Member. Visconti suspended his campaign on November 2 and endorsed Foley. However, due to the suspension coming only two days before the election, Visconti's name remained on the ballot. Former State Representative Jonathan Pelto (D-Mansfield) [1] explored a third-party candidacy through a petition drive but was disqualified due to an inadequate number of signatures.[2]

Democratic primary[edit]

Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Malloy and Wyman ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, so no primaries were held.

Republican primary[edit]

Governor[edit]

2010 nominee Thomas C. Foley won the endorsement of the state party at the Republican State Convention on May 17, winning 57.1% of the vote.[5] Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney took 22.3% and 17.72%, respectively, meeting the 15% vote threshold and thus also qualified for the primary ballot.[6] Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and former West Hartford Town Councilor Joe Visconti failed to get 15% of the vote at the convention, so neither automatically qualified for the ballot. Visconti began collecting signatures to petition his way onto the ballot. He needed the signatures of 8,190 registered Republican voters by June 10 in order to qualify and he started collecting signatures when primary petitions became available at the end of April.[7] Lauretti began to collect signatures a few days after the convention, but withdrew those petitions on May 22 to instead try to petition onto the ballot for lieutenant governor.[8]

On June 6, Visconti announced that he was short of the required number of signatures, and with the filing deadline only 4 days away, was withdrawing from the race to run as an Independent instead.[9] Boughton suspended his campaign on June 18, primarily because he did not think Lauretti, his unofficial running mate, would qualify for the ballot, which would have meant Boughton failing to qualify for public financing.[10] He called for "party unity behind the endorsed Republican candidate, Tom Foley."[11]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Withdrew[edit]
Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Toni
Boucher
Mark
Boughton
Lawrence F.
Cafero
Martha
Dean
Thomas C.
Foley
Mark
Lauretti
John P.
McKinney
Joe
Visconti
Other Undecided
Quinnipiac May 1–6, 2014 443 ±4.7% 9% 5% 39% 3% 8% 4% 2% 30%
Quinnipiac Feb. 26–March 2, 2014 477 ±4.5% 2% 11% 36% 6% 3% 3% 1% 37%
Quinnipiac June 12–17, 2013 283 ±5.8% 8% 4% 36% 11% 1% 41%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas C. Foley 44,144 55.58
Republican John P. McKinney 35,282 44.42
Total votes 79,426 100

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Although separate primary elections are held for governor and lieutenant governor, candidates for each office often join together to form unofficial "tickets". Heather Bond Somers had originally been running on such a "ticket" with Mark Boughton,[27] but she withdrew from the arrangement.[28][29] Boughton later announced Mark Lauretti as his new running mate.[30] This arrangement came to an end when Boughton withdrew, primarily because he did not think Lauretti would qualify for the ballot, which would have meant Boughton failing to qualify for public financing.[10] David M. Walker teamed up with John P. McKinney.[31] Bacchiochi did not join any "ticket".[32]

Bacchiochi won the endorsement of the state party at the Republican State Convention on May 17, winning 50.9% of the vote. Somers took 31.5% and Walker got 17.4%, meaning they both also qualified for the primary ballot.[28] Lauretti attempted to petition his way onto the ballot; he was unsuccessful, filing only 6,723 of the required 8,190 signatures.[33]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Withdrew[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Heather Bond Somers 26,980 34.46
Republican Penny Bacchiochi 26,311 33.6
Republican David M. Walker 25,014 31.94
Total votes 78,305 100

Independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Disqualified[edit]

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dannel
Malloy (D)
Thomas C.
Foley (R)
Joe
Visconti (I)
Other Undecided
Quinnipiac University October 28–November 2, 2014 926 ± 3.2% 43% 42% 8% 1% 6%
47% 44% 1% 7%
Public Policy Polling October 30–November 1, 2014 931 ± 3.2% 44% 41% 6% 8%
47% 44% 8%
Rasmussen Reports October 29–30, 2014 977 ± 3% 48% 47% 2% 4%
Quinnipiac University October 22–27, 2014 838 ± 3.4% 43% 43% 7% 1% 6%
44% 46% 1% 8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,267 ± 4% 40% 40% 3% 0% 17%
Quinnipiac University October 14–20, 2014 1,010 ± 3.1% 43% 42% 9% 1% 6%
45% 45% 2% 8%
Rasmussen Reports October 14–16, 2014 980 ± 3.5% 43% 50% 2% 4%
Quinnipiac University October 1–6, 2014 1,085 ± 3% 43% 43% 9% 5%
46% 46% 1% 7%
Public Policy Polling October 2–5, 2014 861 ± 3.3% 43% 35% 9% 14%
45% 39% 16%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 1,284 ± 3% 41% 41% 3% 1% 14%
Quinnipiac University September 3–8, 2014 1,304 ± 2.7% 40% 46% 7% 1% 6%
43% 49% 1% 7%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 1,808 ± 3% 42% 41% 3% 14%
Rasmussen Reports August 18–19, 2014 750 ± 4% 38% 45% 7% 10%
Gravis Marketing August 4–7, 2014 440 ± 5% 38% 46% 16%
Anzalone Liszt Grove July 28–29, 2014 900 ± ? 46% 46% 8%
Vox Populi Polling July 27–28, 2014 550 ± 4.2% 35% 34% 3%[40] 27%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,177 ± ? 41% 48% 4% 8%
Quinnipiac University May 1–6, 2014 1,668 ± 2.4% 43% 43% 1% 12%
Quinnipiac University February 26–March 2, 2014 1,878 ± 2.3% 42% 42% 1% 14%
Quinnipiac University June 12–17, 2013 1,154 ± 2.9% 40% 43% 1% 16%

Results[edit]

Connecticut's gubernatorial election, 2014[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dannel Malloy 529,552 48.49%
Working Families Dannel Malloy 24,762 2.27%
Total Dannel Malloy (Incumbent) 554,314 50.76%
Republican Thomas C. Foley 503,998 46.15%
Independent Thomas C. Foley 22,297 2.04%
Total Thomas C. Foley 526,295 48.19%
Petitioning Candidate Joe Visconti 11,456 1.05%
Total votes 1,092,065 100.00%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://ctmirror.org/2014/08/29/pelto-falls-3200-signatures-short-of-spot-on-ct-gubernatorial-ballot/
  3. ^ "Yes, Dan Malloy is running in 2014". Ctmirror.org. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites