New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Ann McLane Kuster Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Lean D[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[3]


New Hampshire U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 13, 2014
September 9, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New Hampshire is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary, but in order to do so, they have to choose a party before voting. This changes their status from unaffiliated to affiliated with that party, unless they fill out a card to return to undeclared status.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters can register by either August 30, 2014, if registering with a town clerk, or on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days before election).[5]

See also: New Hampshire elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Ann McLane Kuster (D), who was first elected in 2012.

New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District encompasses most of the state, including the northern, southern and western reaches of the state.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


September 9, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

General election

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Annie Kuster Incumbent 0% 0
     Republican Marilinda Garcia 0% 0
     Write-in Write-in candidates 0% 0
Total Votes 0

Primary election

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarilinda Garcia 49.3% 27,285
Gary Lambert 27.5% 15,196
Jim Lawrence 18.7% 10,327
Mike Little 4.5% 2,489
Total Votes 55,297
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State - Official Election Results'

Polls

General election polls

Marilinda Garcia vs. Annie Kuster
Poll Marilinda Garcia Annie KusterOtherDon’t know/undecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of New Hampshire Survey Center (October 22-26, 2014)
30%53%1%16%+/-5.7294
New England College (October 24, 2014)
42%49.2%3.6%5.2%+/-4.08576
New England College (October 16, 2014)
43%49%0%0%+/-4.6460
New England College (October 9, 2014)
42.5%46.1%6.6%4.9%+/-4.20545
New England College (October 3, 2014)
38.1%50.1%6.3%5.5%+/-3.81660
New England College (September 19-20, 2014)
38.1%48.9%6.7%6.3%+/-3.51779
New England College (September 10-11, 2014)
36.7%49.6%6.1%7.6%+/-3.98630
Normington, Petts and Associates (September 3-7, 2014)
38%44%0%0%+/-3.5800
University of New Hampshire Survey Center (June 19-July 1, 2014)
35%49%1%15%+/-6.2246
University of New Hampshire Survey Center (April 1-9, 2014)
33%34%1%32%+/-6.2184
AVERAGES 37.64% 47.29% 3.23% 9.25% +/-4.58 517.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

Note: A response of "0%" may indicate that a given answer choice did not appear as an option for that poll.

Gary Lambert vs. Annie Kuster
Poll Gary Lambert Annie KusterOtherDon’t know/undecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of New Hampshire Survey Center (June 19-July 1, 2014)
36%45%1%18%+/-6.2246
University of New Hampshire Survey Center (April 1-9, 2014)
31%38%1%30%+/-6.2184
AVERAGES 33.5% 41.5% 1% 24% +/-6.2 215
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

Republican primary polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Marilinda Garcia Gary LambertMike LittleJim LawrenceUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies (July 29-30, 2014)
36%13%4%2%45%+/-3.44800
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Race background

Incumbent Annie Kuster (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[13]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Gary Lambert (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[14][15] In September 2014, Marilinda Garcia, who defeated Lambert in the Republican primary, was added to the NRCC's "Young Guns" list of candidates who "have met a series of rigorous goals and surpassed program benchmarks to establish a clear path to victory."[15][16]

Plagiarism accusations

On October 23, 2014, Garcia apologized for quoting an article without attribution in a 2012 speech on the marriage equality law. Five paragraphs from her speech were taken almost verbatim from a 2010 National Review article. In her apology, Garcia stated, "It appears I did not verbally attribute select excerpts of a speech I delivered on the house floor in 2012 to the article from which they came. I acknowledge that I should have verbally cited the author of the article, and apologize for the oversight."[17] She was later accused of a second instance of plagiarism from a debate held in February 2014. Both allegations were put forth by an advocacy group called Granite State Progress. The second instance was said to be taken from the book, Virginia: The Old Dominion, by Matthew Page Andrews. A spokesman for Garcia's campaign responded by accusing Kuster of three instances of plagiarism. For example, the spokesman pointed out that one section of Kuster's campaign website used the same wording as the campaign website of Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA).[17]

Garcia's healthcare coverage

Garcia (R) is a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." In an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), Garcia argued that Democratic incumbent Annie Kuster would be defeated because she continued to vote with President Barack Obama on issues like Obamacare. Garcia added, "It’s Obamacare and the effects it’s having in all aspects of our economy and access to care, and the way it was sold on false premises." Despite her critique, Garcia refused to reveal how she received her own healthcare or whether she was covered by Obamacare, stating, "I don’t need to talk about that. Thank you."[18]

On September 12, 2014, Garcia revealed that she was not covered by Obamacare, but instead purchased a short-term, month-by-month insurance plan, covering only catastrophic health issues.[19]

Endorsements

Marilinda Garcia

Garcia has received the following endorsements:

Media

Annie Kuster


Americans for Prosperity ad attacking Annie Kuster

Campaign contributions

Annie Kuster

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kuster's reports.[23]

Annie Kuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$6,803.50$318,541.69$(43,390.75)$281,954.44
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$281,954.44$349,564.09$(74,597.20)$556,921.33
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$556,921.33$330,862.37$(77,932.30)$809,851.40
Year-End Quarterly[27]December 31, 2013$809,851$355,527$(78,807)$1,069,513
April Quarterly (amended)[28]August 28, 2014$1,069,513.93$405,039.34$(100,796.00)$1,373,757.27
July Quarterly (amended)[29]August 28, 2014$1,373,757.27$568,631.48$(202,931.43)$1,739,457.32
Pre-Primary[30]August 28, 2014$1,739,457.32$286,912.99$(395,384.24)$1,630,986.07
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2014$1,630,986.07$558,110.45$(1,090,221.67)$1,098,874.85
Running totals
$3,173,189.41$(2,064,060.59)

Marilinda Garcia

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Garcia's reports.[32]

Marilinda Garcia (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$0.00$42,029.99$(7,810.69)$34,219.30
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$34,219.30$69,050.00$(44,622.82)$58,646.48
Running totals
$111,079.99$(52,433.51)

Gary Lambert

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lambert's reports.[35]

Gary Lambert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[36]February 28, 2014$0.00$173,571.00$(889.89)$172,681.11
Year-End[37]January 31, 2014$172,681.11$71,838.37$(25,977.87)$218,541.61
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$218,541.61$75,767.00$(34,494.27)$259,814.34
Running totals
$321,176.37$(61,362.03)

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of New Hampshire held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Democrat Ann McLane Kuster defeated incumbent Charlie Bass to win the election in the district.[39]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Charles Bass Incumbent 45.4% 152,977
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn McLane Kuster 50.2% 169,275
     Libertarian Hardy Macia 4.4% 14,936
Total Votes 337,188
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Charles Bass won election to the United States House. He defeated Ann McLane Kuster (D), Tim vanBlommesteyn (Independent) and Howard L. Wilson (Libertarian) in the general election.[40]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Bass 48.3% 108,610
     Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 46.8% 105,060
     Independent Tim vanBlommesteyn 2.8% 6,197
     Libertarian Howard L. Wilson 2.1% 4,796
Total Votes 224,663

See also

External links

References

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  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. New Hampshire Secretary of State Website, "How to Register to Vote in New Hampshire," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. New Hampshire Secretary of State Website, "How to Register to Vote in New Hampshire," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. New Hampshire Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  7. Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, "Libertarian Candidates for 2014," accessed May 23, 2014
  8. Campaign Website, "Intro," accessed January 30, 2014
  9. Concord Monitor, "Salem’s Marilinda Garcia announces congressional campaign in 2nd District," accessed November 25, 2013
  10. NECN, "Former NH state Sen. Lambert to announce House bid," accessed September 4, 2013 (dead link)
  11. WMUR New Hampshire, "First-ever NH African-American to run for Congress emerges," accessed June 10, 2014
  12. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed June 23, 2014
  13. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  14. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  16. National Republican Congressional Committee, "NRCC Announces Young Gun Candidates," accessed October 9, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Concord Monitor, "Republican congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia accused of plagiarizing parts of two speeches," accessed October 27, 2014
  18. New Hampshire Public Radio, "Garcia Slams Obamacare But Won't Say How She Is Covered," accessed September 15, 2014
  19. New Hampshire Union Leader, "Garcia campaign: Congressional candidate, an ACA opponent, not participating in health insurance exchange," accessed September 16, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "Club for Growth Backs New Hampshire House Candidate," accessed June 30, 2014
  21. Fox News Latino, "Sen. Ted Cruz Confident About Chances Of New Hampshire Congressional Hopeful, Marilinda Garcia," accessed September 9, 2014
  22. YouTube, "Tell Ann Kuster: Our Patience for ObamaCare Is Gone," accessed May 16 2014
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  34. Federal Election Commission, "Marilinda Garcia April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
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  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013