Brendan Kelly

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Brendan Kelly
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 1
PartyRepublican
Brendan Kelly was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire.[1][2] He lost to Frank Guinta in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014.[3]

Kelly was previously a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire. He was also a Libertarian candidate in the September 6 special election for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 14. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Gary Wheaton (R) resigned after being arrested for driving without a license.[4] Kelly is a Selectman from Seabrook, New Hampshire. Kelly lost to Carol Shea-Porter in the general election.[5]

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2011


Brendan Kelly on "Non-Functioning Government"[6]

Elections

2014

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See also: New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

The 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Republican candidate Frank Guinta will challenge Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter in the general election. While Shea-Porter ran uncontested in the Democratic primary on September 9, 2014, Guinta defeated three other candidates—Dan Innis, Everett Jabour and Brendan Kelly—for the Republican nomination.[7]

New Hampshire's 1st is considered a battleground district in 2014. Shea-Porter was first elected in 2006, but lost to Guinta in 2010 and regained her seat again in the 2012 election, where she defeated Guinta by a 3.8 percent margin of victory. The 1st District also voted Democratic in the 2012 presidential elections, but President Barack Obama won by only 1.6 percent. With 2014 being a third rematch between Shea-Porter and Guinta, this race is viewed as a toss up.

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Guinta 49.1% 29,246
Dan Innis 40.9% 24,342
Brendan Kelly 8.4% 4,999
Everett Jabour 1.7% 996
Total Votes 59,583
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State - Official Election Results

2012

See also: New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Kelly ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. He ran as a Libertarian and faced Carol Shea-Porter (D) and incumbent Frank Guinta (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Kelly took in over 2,000 more votes than the number that separated Shea-Porter and Guinta.[9]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Frank Guinta Incumbent 46% 158,659
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Shea-Porter 49.8% 171,650
     Libertarian Brandan Kelly 4.2% 14,521
Total Votes 344,830
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Kelly submitted sufficient signatures to get on the ballot, but was defeated by Kevin Janvrin (R) in the September 6 special election. Ryan Mahoney (D) also ran for the seat.[10]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 14 (2011)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Janvrin (R) 726
Ryan Mahoney (D) 595
Brendan Kelly (L) 277

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