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United States Senate elections in New Hampshire, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in New Hampshire

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Incumbent prior to election:
Jeanne Shaheen Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in New Hampshire will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election 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 22 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary, but in order to 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.[1]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary 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).[2]

See also: New Hampshire elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Jeanne Shaheen (D). Shaheen was first elected in 2008.


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Potential candidates

  • Republican Party Jim Rubens[6]

Declined to run

Race background

Scott Brown (R), former Massachusetts Senator, is contemplating a run for Senate in New Hampshire, where he owns a summer home and his family lives. He has not yet formally announced any plans.[9]

On March 14, 2014, Brown announced in a speech at a major GOP conference in New Hampshire the launch of his exploratory committee, which allowed him to hire staff and raise money for a Senate run.[10]

People's pledge

In a letter sent March 15, 2014, incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D) said she "very much admired the People's Pledge" that Scott Brown signed with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012, and called on him to sign the same pact in New Hampshire.[11]

"I believe it limited the influence of outside groups and allowed the people's voices to be heard," Shaheen wrote.[11]

Brown did not comment on the likelihood of signing a similar pledge.[11]

"It's hard to view Jeanne Shaheen's actions as anything other than hypocritical and self-serving. The people of New Hampshire can see through the Washington-style game she is playing," Brown responded.[11]


Senate Majority PAC

On January 7, 2014, a Democratic super PAC--Senate Majority PAC-- launched an attack ad claiming Brown is a friend of Wall Street and that "he's shopping for a Senate seat in New Hampshire." The group is spending $160,000 to air the ad over a 10 day span. New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chair Jennifer Horn argued the ad demonstrates that incumbent Rep. Jeanne Shaheen is "nervous" about her 2014 re-election bid.[12]


General election

Scott Brown vs. Jeanne Shaheen
Poll Scott Brown (R) Jeanne Shaheen (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
American Research Group
(March 13-16, 2014)
Rasmussen Reports
(March12-13, 2014)
Republican Governor's Association
(March 19-20, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(April 7-8, 2014)
AVERAGES 42.25% 48.25% 8.75% +/-3.83 729.25
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

Campaign contributions

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Jeanne Shaheen

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shaheen's reports.[13]

Jeanne Shaheen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$375,297.42$1,230,582.99$(202,453.37)$140,342.04
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$140,342.04$1,221,094.73$(446,199.19)$2,178,322.58
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$2,178,322.58$951,174.85$(333,443.10)$2,796,054.33
Year-End Quarterly[17]December 31, 2013$2,796,054$1,022,094$(471,444)$3,393,918
Running totals

Election history


On November 2, 2010, Ayotte was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated Paul W. Hodes (D), Chris Booth Independent) and Ken Blevens (Libertarian).[18]

U.S. Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Ayotte 60.1% 273,218
     Democratic Paul W. Hodes 36.8% 167,545
     Independent Chris Booth 2% 9,194
     Libertarian Ken Blevens 1% 4,753
Total Votes 454,710


On November 4, 2008, Shaheen was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated incumbent John E. Sununu (R), Ken Blevens (Libertarian), and the write-in candidates.[19]

U.S. Senate, New Hampshire General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeanne Shaheen 51.6% 358,438
     Republican John Sununu 45.3% 314,403
     Libertarian Ken Blevens 3.1% 21,516
     Write-ins 0.1% 430
Total Votes 694,787

See also

External links


  1. New Hampshire Secretary of State Website, "How to Register to Vote in New Hampshire," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. New Hampshire Secretary of State Website, "How to Register to Vote in New Hampshire," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Politico, "Ex-Sen. Bob Smith to seek his old New Hampshire seat", accessed December 2, 2013
  4. Washington Post, "Scott Brown is officially running for Senate in New Hampshire," accessed April 2, 2014
  5. Bloomberg, "Brown’s Move to New Hampshire Fuels Talk of Senate Race," accessed March 18, 2014
  6. Union Leader, "John DiStaso's Granite Status: Political comeback? Republican Charlie Bass considering 2014 Senate run against Jeanne Shaheen ", accessed September 6, 2013
  7. Washington Post, "Jeb Bradley rules out New Hampshire Senate run", accessed September 4, 2013
  8. Politico, "Charlie Bass won’t challenge Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire", accessed November 4, 2013
  9. USA Today "Ex-senator Scott Brown thinks about comeback in N.H." accessed April 5, 2013
  10. WSBT, "Scott Brown moves closer to Senate run in N.H.," accessed March 17, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 The Republic, "Shaheen asks Brown to agree to limit outside cash in Senate race; Brown calls her hypocritical," accessed March 18, 2014
  12. The Washington Post "Senate Majority PAC launches ad hitting Scott Brown" January 8, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Shaheen 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  14. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  15. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  16. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  17. FEC "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"