New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2002

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New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2002
New Hampshire
2000 ←
November 5, 2002 → 2004

  Gov Craig Benson on 9-11-04.JPG
Nominee Craig Benson Mark Fernald
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 259,663 169,277
Percentage 58.62% 38.21%

Governor before election

Jeanne Shaheen
Democratic

Elected Governor

Craig Benson
Republican

When incumbent Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen opted to run for the United States Senate rather than seek a fourth term as governor, self-funding businessman Craig Benson, the Republican nominee defeated Mark Fernald, a New Hampshire State Senator and the Democratic nominee, in the general election after each of them won contested primary elections.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mark Fernald 34,683 53.28
Democratic Bev Hollingworth 27,777 42.67
Democratic Write-ins 2,632 4.04
Total votes 65,092 100.00

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Craig Benson 56,099 36.65
Republican Bruce Keough 51,461 33.62
Republican Gordon Humphrey 42,698 27.90
Republican Robert Kingsbury 877 0.57
Republican Joe Haas 759 0.50
Republican Bob Kroepel 578 0.38
Republican Write-ins 575 0.38
Total votes 153,047 100.00

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Craig Benson 259,663 58.62% +14.86%
Democratic Mark Fernald 169,277 38.21% -10.52%
Libertarian John Babiarz 13,028 2.94% +1.80%
Write-ins 1,008 0.23%
Majority 90,386 20.40% +15.43%
Turnout 442,976
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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