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Connecticut state executive official elections, 2014

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Partisan breakdown
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Voter turnout
Key deadlines
State executive organization
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Recent news
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Six state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Connecticut. The general election took place on November 4, 2014, following a primary on August 12.

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]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Connecticut:

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held six of the six state executive seats up for election in 2014 in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 6 6
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 6 6
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Governor

  • Democratic primary - Uncontested
  • Republican primary
Governor of Connecticut, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Foley 55.6% 44,144
John McKinney 44.4% 35,282
Total Votes 79,426
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

  • Democratic primary - Uncontested
  • Republican primary
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Somers 34.5% 26,980
Penny Bacchiochi 33.6% 26,311
David Walker 31.9% 25,014
Total Votes 78,305
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Attorney General

  • Democratic primary - Uncontested
  • Republican primary - Uncontested

Secretary of State

  • Democratic primary - Uncontested
  • Republican primary - Uncontested

Treasurer

  • Democratic primary - Uncontested
  • Republican primary - Uncontested

Comptroller

  • Democratic primary
  • Republican primary - Uncontested
Connecticut Comptroller, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSharon McLaughlin 75.6% 53,373
Angel Cadena 24.4% 17,214
Total Votes 70,587
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Malloy/Nancy Wyman Incumbent 50.7% 554,314
     Republican Tom Foley/Heather Somers 48.2% 526,295
     Independent Joe Visconti/Chester Harris 1% 11,456
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 708
Total Votes 1,092,773
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of Connecticut, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Jepsen Incumbent 56.7% 590,225
     Republican Kie Westby 41.1% 427,869
     Green Stephen Fournier 2.1% 22,361
Total Votes 1,040,455
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Connecticut, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Merrill Incumbent 51% 533,543
     Republican Peter Lumaj 46.7% 489,515
     Green Mike DeRosa 2.3% 24,038
Total Votes 1,047,096
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Treasurer

Connecticut Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Nappier Incumbent 50.9% 533,182
     Republican Tim Herbst 49.1% 514,402
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 119
Total Votes 1,047,703
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Comptroller

Connecticut Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Lembo Incumbent 52.3% 538,280
     Republican Sharon McLaughlin 46% 473,752
     Green Rolf Maurer 1.7% 17,458
Total Votes 1,029,490
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[7] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[8]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[9]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[10]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 10, 2014 Filing deadline (Major Parties)
August 6, 2014 Filing deadline (Independents)
August 12, 2014 Primary election
September 3, 2014 Filing deadline (Minor Parties)
November 4, 2014 General election
December 4, 2014 Certificate of canvass completion for general election results
January 7, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

State executive organization

Executive officials in Connecticut are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of Connecticut's state government:

Connecticut exec org chart.png

Ballotpedia reports

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Recent news

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