Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2014

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Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2014

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Nominee Eloy Songao Inos Heinz Hofschneider
Party Republican Independent
Running mate Ralph Torres Ray Naraja Yumul
Popular vote 6,342 general[1]
6,547 runoff
4,501 general
4,948 runoff
Percentage 45.96% general
56.96% runoff
32.62% general
43.04% runoff

Governor before election

Eloy Inos

Elected Governor

Eloy Inos

The 2014 Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands. As no candidate received a majority of the vote, a run-off election was held 14 days later. Incumbent Republican Governor Eloy Songao Inos and running mate Ralph DLG. Torres were elected.[1] Inos, who served as lieutenant governor from 2009 to 2013, first became Governor following the resignation of his predecessor, Benigno Fitial.[2]


The previous gubernatorial election was held in 2009 for a 5-year term,[3] in order to move all elections to even years. Covenant Party candidate Benigno Fitial won re-election. His running mate, Eloy Inos, was elected to his first full term as lieutenant governor. Fitial resigned as governor in February 2013 in the face of impeachment hearings.[2][4] Inos thus succeeded him governor. In September 2013, Inos, then a member of the Covenant Party, took steps to merge the Covenant Party with the territorial Republican Party, and ran for re-election as a Republican.[5]


  • Juan Babauta, former Governor (2002–2006), running as an independent[6]
    • Running mate: Juan Torres, former senator
  • Edward "Tofila" Masga Deleon Guerrero, former Ports Authority executive director, running as a Democrat[7]
    • Running mate: Danny Quitugua, former representative
  • Heinz Sablan Hofschneider, 2009 candidate and Speaker of the House, running as an independent[6]
  • Eloy Songao Inos, incumbent governor, running as a Republican[5]


e • d Summary of the 4 and 21 November 2014 Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election results
Candidate Running mate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Eloy Songao Inos Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres Republican 6,342 45.96% 6,547 56.96%
Heinz Sablan Hofschneider Ray Naraja Yumul Independent 4,501 32.62% 4,948 43.04%
Juan Nekai Babauta Juan Sablan Torres Independent 2,414 17.50%
Edward Masga Deleon Guerrero Daniel Ogo Quitugua Democratic 541 3.92%
Total 13,798 100% 11,495 100%
Source: Commonwealth Election Commission


  1. ^ a b "Commonwealth Election Commission - Election 2014 Results". Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Erediano, Emmanuel T (20 February 2013). "New governor, lt. governor". Marianas Variety. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  3. ^ Eugenio, Haidee V. (2009-11-23). "CNMI holds first runoff election". Saipan Tribune.
  4. ^ Celock, John (2 November 2013). "Benigno Fitial, Northern Mariana Islands Governor, Impeached By House In Massage Scandal". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b Eugenio, Haidee (September 19, 2013). "Inos, Covenant Party members rejoining GOP". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Eugenio, Haidee (April 8, 2014). "Independent bid for Babauta, Torres". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ Eugenio, Haidee (March 14, 2014). "Dems pick Deleon Guerrero-Quitugua". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 4 May 2015.