New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2014

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New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nominee Maggie Hassan Walt Havenstein
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 254,666 229,610
Percentage 52.5% 47.3%

New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2014 results by municipality.svg
Results by municipality

Governor before election

Maggie Hassan
Democratic

Elected Governor

Maggie Hassan
Democratic

The 2014 New Hampshire gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of New Hampshire, concurrently with the election to New Hampshire's Class II U.S. Senate seat, as well as other 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 Maggie Hassan ran for re-election to a second term in office. She defeated the Republican nominee, businessman Walt Havenstein.

Background[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Governor John Lynch decided to retire in 2012, rather than seek re-election to a fifth term in office. The Democratic nominee, former State Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan, defeated the Republican nominee, attorney and 1996 gubernatorial nominee Ovide M. Lamontagne, 55% to 43%.

New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in the country whose governors are elected every two years. On only one occasion since 1926 has a first-term governor of New Hampshire been defeated for re-election to a second term: in 2004, when Lynch beat incumbent Republican Governor Craig Benson.[1][2] Hassan also had and continues to have high approval ratings. An April 2014 WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll found that 57% of registered voters approve of the job she is doing, 58% have a favorable opinion of her and 70% think the state is going in the right direction.[3] For these reasons, Hassan was not considered vulnerable going into the election: The Cook Political Report,[4] Daily Kos Elections,[5] Governing[6] and Sabato's Crystal Ball[7] all considered the race "likely Democratic" and RealClearPolitics[8] and The Rothenberg Political Report rated the race "safe Democratic".[9]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Hassan won the Democratic Party primary, held on September 9, 2014, with 94.3% of the votes cast.[13]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Havenstein won the Republican Party primary, held on September 9, 2014, with 55.6% of the votes cast.[13]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bill
Binnie
Ted
Gatsas
Daniel
Greene
Walt
Havenstein
Andrew
Hemingway
George
Lambert
Chuck
Morse
Jonathan
Smolin
Other Undecided
Suffolk June 14–18, 2014 419 ±4.8% 3.82% 12.89% 6.92% 1.67% 74.7%
Vox Populi Polling May 14–15, 2014 ? ±5.2% 12% 12% 76%
Suffolk Feb. 27–Mar. 5, 2014 426 ± ? 8.45% 15.02% 1.88% 1.88% 7.04% 65.72%

General election[edit]

Debates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Maggie
Hassan (D)
Walt
Havenstein (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–3, 2014 1,690 ± 2.4% 51% 46% 3%
WMUR/UNH October 29–November 2, 2014 757 ± 3.6% 47% 43% 1% 9%
New England College October 31–November 1, 2014 1,526 ± 2.51% 51% 43.7% 2.4% 2.9%
Rasmussen Reports October 29–30, 2014 940 ± 3% 51% 42% 7%
Vox Populi Polling October 27–28, 2014 638 ± 3.9% 44% 47% 7%
WMUR/UNH October 19–22, 2014 555 ± 4.2% 52% 37% 1% 11%
American Research Group October 19–22, 2014 600 ± 4% 48% 46% 6%
New England College October 24, 2014 1,132 ± 2.91% 47.2% 46.9% 2.2% 3.7%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,042 ± 4% 47% 38% 1% 13%
American Research Group October 19–22, 2014 600 ± 4% 53% 43% 4%
Public Policy Polling October 20–21, 2014 764 ± ? 53% 43% 4%
CNN/ORC October 18–21, 2014 645 LV ± 4% 51% 45% 4%
877 RV ± 3.5% 54% 40% 5%
UMass Lowell October 15–21, 2014 643 LV ± 4.5% 49% 45% 7%
900 RV ± 3.8% 49% 40% 11%
Suffolk/Boston Herald October 16–19, 2014 500 ± ? 49.4% 39.2% 11.4%
New England College October 16, 2014 921 ± 3.23% 50.7% 42.5% 2.6% 4.2%
New England College October 9, 2014 1,081 ± 2.98% 48.7% 43.5% 2.7% 5.1%
High Point University October 4–8, 2014 824 ± 3.4% 50% 42% 4% 4%
WMUR/UNH September 29–October 5, 2014 532 ± 4.2% 46% 36% 2% 16%
New England College October 3, 2014 1,286 ± 2.73% 51.4% 41.3% 3% 4.4%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 1,260 ± 3% 49% 39% 0% 12%
New England College September 26, 2014 1,331 ± 2.69% 47.9% 44.1% 2.9% 5.1%
American Research Group September 27–29, 2014 600 ± 4% 55% 40% 5%
New England College September 19–20, 2014 1,494 ± 2.54% 52% 39.6% 3.8% 4.6%
Public Policy Polling September 18–19, 2014 652 ± 3.8% 52% 43% 4%
Vox Populi Polling September 15–16, 2014 550 ± 4.2% 47% 43% 10%
American Research Group September 12–15, 2014 544 ± 4.2% 48% 40% 12%
New England College September 10–11, 2014 630 ± 3.98% 51.3% 36.2% 3.9% 8.6%
Rasmussen Reports September 10–11, 2014 750 ± 4% 51% 40% 3% 6%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 1,159 ± 4% 51% 34% 3% 13%
WMUR/UNH August 7–17, 2014 609 ± 4% 49% 32% 1% 18%
National Research/RGA August 10–13, 2014 600 ± 4% 42% 37% 1% 18%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,246 ± 2.9% 53% 38% 2% 7%
WMUR/UNH June 19–July 1, 2014 669 ± 3.8% 58% 29% 1% 10%
Suffolk/Boston Herald June 14–18, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 50.63% 19% 2.88%[34] 27.5%
American Research Group June 14–18, 2014 540 ± 4.2% 45% 32% 23%
Vox Populi Polling May 14–15, 2014 707 ± 3.6% 43% 30% 27%
Rockefeller Center April 21–25, 2014 412 ± 4.8% 40% 19.2% 40.8%
WMUR/UNH April 1–9, 2014 387 ± 5% 49% 19% 2% 30%

Results[edit]

U.S. Gubernatorial election in New Hampshire, 2014[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maggie Hassan (Incumbent) 254,666 52.49
Republican Walt Havenstein 229,610 47.32
None Scatter 907 0.19
Total votes 484,583 100
Democratic hold

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official campaign websites