Connecticut Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Connecticut Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Dan Malloy Democratic Party
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The Connecticut Gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dan Malloy (D) is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Connecticut is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[1]

Candidates

General election

Lost in the Republican primary


Results

Primary election

Republican primary

Governor of Connecticut, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Foley 55.6% 44,464
John McKinney 44.4% 35,563
Total Votes 80,027
Election Results Via:NBC Connecticut. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99% precincts reporting.

Democratic primary

Incumbent Dan Malloy ran uncontested in the Democratic primary.


Race background

On March 28, 2014, current Democratic incumbent Gov. Dan Malloy formally announced his bid for re-election to a second term. He is re-teaming with 2010 running mate and current Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for the 2014 race.[2] Early on, Malloy was flagged as one of the most vulnerable incumbents of the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[7] As the campaign season has progressed, the Daily Kos has reaffirmed Malloy's tenuous position, labeling the race a toss-up. The rating was assigned in consideration of a series of polls showing Malloy behind or rivaling Republican nominee Tom Foley in potential general election match-ups.[8][9] The Cook Political Report, meanwhile, has consistently rated Connecticut as "Lean D," meaning the race is competitive but the Democrats have an advantage.[10]

Malloy won the governorship in November 2010 following a hard-fought general election campaign against Republican Tom Foley, a wealthy Republican businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under former President George W. Bush. The contest ended over a week after the general election took place. There were several reversed calls on the outcome of the race before Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[11] At the May 2014 State Republican Convention, delegates endorsed Foley for the second gubernatorial cycle in a row, bringing him one step closer to a 2014 re-match against Malloy. Although Foley was the resounding favorite at the convention, fellow GOP hopeful and current state Sen. majority leader John McKinney managed to garner enough delegate support to remain eligible for the nomination, preventing Foley from running unopposed in the August 12 primary.[12]

One Independent candidate, Joe Visconti, will appear on the general election ballot alongside Malloy and Foley. Former state Rep. and career political operative Jonathan Pelto also petitioned to run as an independent, but failed to collect the minimum 7,500 signatures required to qualify for the race.[13] Pelto backed Malloy's 2010 gubernatorial campaign before publicly turning against him for his policies on education and taxes, among other issues, during Malloy's first term in office. Pelto's 2014 bid gained media attention in August when his candidate petition was signed by Ralph Nader, the perennial third party presidential candidate perhaps best known for his indirect role in spoiling Al Gore's chances at the presidency in 2000 by siphoning crucial liberal votes. Nader's sudden presence in the Connecticut Gubernatorial race evoked a sense of deja-vu for Malloy and Democratic strategists, who immediately accused Pelto of running in order to manipulate the election's outcome, not to win it.[14]


Polls

Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley vs. Visconti
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)Joe Visconti (I)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 3-8, 2014
40%46%7%6%+/-2.71,304
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
June 12-17, 2013
40%43%14%+/-2.91,154
Quinnipiac University
February 26-March 2, 2014
42%42%11%+/-2.31,878
Quinnipiac University
May 1-6, 2014
43%43%10%+/-2.41,668
CBS/NYT/YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
42%49%5%+/-5.01,149
Vox Populi
July 27-28, 2014
35%34%27%+/-4.2550
Gravis Marketing
August 4-7, 2014
38%46%16%+/-5.0440
AVERAGES 40% 42.83% 13.83% +/-3.63 1,139.83
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 10 Filing deadline (Major Parties)
August 6 Filing deadline (Independents)
August 12 Primary election
September 3 Filing deadline (Minor Parties)
November 4 General election
December 4 Certificate of canvass completion for general election results
January 7, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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