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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Connecticut State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller

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The Connecticut gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dan Malloy (D) is eligible 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]

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] An early report from Governing named him among the five incumbents considered most vulnerable to losing their seats the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[3] In May 2014, Cook Political Report released a new round of 2014 Governors Race Ratings, labeling Connecticut as "Lean D," meaning the race is competitive but the Democrats have an advantage.[4]

Malloy won the governorship in 2010 following a hard-fought general election campaign against Republican Tom Foley. The contest ended over a week after the general election took place on November 2, 2010. There were several reversed calls on the outcome of the race before Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[5] Foley is seeking the GOP nomination again this year, setting the stage for a possible re-match in November.


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Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
June 12-17, 2013
Quinnipiac University
February 26-March 2, 2014
Quinnipiac University
May 1-6, 2014
AVERAGES 41.67% 42.67% 11.67% +/-2.53 1,566.67
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

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  1. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Connecticut News Junkie, "Malloy Makes Re-election Bid Official," March 28, 2014
  3. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  4. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 30, 2014
  5. The Hour, "Secretary of the State: Malloy is governor-elect," November 3, 2010
  6. Republican American, "Danbury mayor runs for governor," January 9, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Connecticut Post, "CT Republicans already eying gov's race," August 29, 2012
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Boucher
  9. The CT Mirror, "Martha Dean enters Connecticut race for governor," March 11, 2014
  10. NewsTimes, "Foley: Woman would have helped ticket," January 4, 2013
  11. The Shelton Herald, "Mayor Mark Lauretti of Shelton enters race for governor," January 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, "Candidate Registration List for Election Year 2014," accessed May 23, 2014
  13. CT Post, "McKinney announces run for governor," July 23, 2013
  14. The Hartford Courant, "Pelto Names Running Mate, Collecting Signatures For Governor Run," June 5, 2014
  15. Connecticut Mirror, Foley keeps GOP off balance with unexpected 'exploratory' announcement, September 10, 2013
  16. Lee Whitnum for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed May 8, 2014
  17. New Haven Register, "Republican State Senator Toni Boucher will not run for governor," March 11, 2014
  18. The Hartford Courant - Capitol Watch, "Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton Exploring Run For Governor; Facing Better-Known Opponents in 2014 Race," August 27, 2013