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Matthew Hess
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Former candidate for
Governor of Colorado
PartyLibertarian
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionSystems Administrator
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Matthew Hess was a Libertarian candidate for Governor of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[1] Matthew Hess lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Hess is a systems administrator. He previously ran for Douglas County Commissioner of District 2 in 2012.[2]

Hess describes his political philosophy as follows: "Spreading the message of freedom and liberty in Colorado. Reversing the gun control legislation, cutting taxes, and getting government out of the way of businesses."[2]

On The Issues Vote Match

Matthew Hess's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hess is a Hard-Core Libertarian. Hess received a score of 82 percent on social issues and 100 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[3]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[4] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Hess ran as a Libertarian candidate for election to the office of Governor of Colorado. His lieutenant gubernatorial running mate was Brandon Young.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper/Joseph Garcia Incumbent 49.3% 1,006,433
     Republican Bob Beauprez/Jill Rapella 46% 938,195
     Libertarian Matthew Hess/Brandon Young 1.9% 39,590
     Green Harry Hempy/Scott Olson 1.3% 27,391
     Unaffiliated Mike Dunafon/Robin Roberts 1.2% 24,042
     Unaffiliated Paul Fiorino/Charles Whitley 0.3% 5,923
Total Votes 2,041,574
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

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Democratic nomination

Democratic incumbent Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ran for re-election in 2014 alongside Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia (D). Hickenlooper and Garcia were first elected together in 2010. They were uncontested for re-nomination in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

On June 24, qualified Colorado voters selected Bob Beauprez as the Republican nominee for governor. It was the only contested primary for a statewide office held that day. Beauprez represented Colorado's 7th Congressional District from 2003 to 2007 and he was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor.[6] He drew 30 percent of the primary vote, according to unofficial totals, defeating Tom Tancredo (27 percent), Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (23 percent) and Mike Kopp (20 percent).[7] Gessler shunned a possible second term as secretary of state in 2014 in favor of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to challenge Hickenlooper for the state's top office. Since Gessler was knocked out of the governor's race, he was unable to make a bid for re-election to his current post.

While Beauprez trailed most of his primary opponents in fundraising leading up to the primary, the Democrats made him their number one target for attack, leading Republican voters unfamiliar with Beauprez to perceive him as a serious threat to Hickenlooper. Beauprez also stood out as the preferred choice of the Republican establishment, which favored Beauprez over Tancredo in particular. A former Republican colleague of Beauprez in the U.S. House, Tancredo raised the most money and campaigned more aggressively this election. But by running against Hickenlooper in 2010 on the American Constitution Party ticket and later switching his affiliation back to Republican, Tancredo had cultivated a reputation among party members as a wildcard.[8]

Despite his crushing double-digit loss in the 2006 governor's race, often invoked by opposition groups such as ProgressNow Colorado, who called Beauprez "one of Colorado’s most storied political losers," in a pre-primary press release, the GOP establishment placed their faith in Beauprez in the 2014 election.[9] About that defeat, which occurred during his last term in Congress, Beauprez reflected, "I’m even more experienced than I was eight years ago. I’m certainly a lot wiser."[10]

On the advertising front, the primary campaign season was a relatively quiet one for the governor's race. This changed after the primary election, however, as Hickenlooper shifted out of his unopposed reverie into active campaign mode . According to the candidates' campaign finance reports due July 1, Hickenlooper raised nearly $3 million in preparation for the second phase of this campaign cycle and ended the reporting period with $579,268 of cash on hand. Meanwhile, Beauprez, having weathered a tough primary battle, was left with a mere $34,921 cash on hand. Beauprez' total fundraising for the cycle as of June 25 was $351,921, and he already faced loans exceeding $500,000, most of which he lent to himself. [11]

General election

Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Matthew Hess (Libertarian), Harry Hempy (Green) and various unaffiliated candidates competed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[12][13]

In September 2014, Governing rated the race between Hickenlooper and Beauprez as a "Toss-up" while The Cook Political Report gave Hickenlooper a slight advantage with a "Lean D" rating.[14][15]


Polls

General election

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Hess and Hempy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)Harry Hempy (G)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 10-15, 2014
40%50%3%3%1%3%+/-2.81,211
Quinnipiac University
October 8-13, 2014
42%46%5%1%0%6%+/-3.1988
Public Policy Polling
October 16-19, 2014
45%44%1%2%1%7%+/-3.5778
Quinnipiac University
October 15-21, 2014
45%44%1%2%1%7%+/-3.1974
NBC News/Marist
October 24, 2014
46%41%4%2%1%6%+/-3.6755
Quinnipiac University
October 22-27, 2014
40%45%4%2%0%9%+/-3.4844
SurveyUSA
October 29, 2014
46%46%2%1%1%4%+/-4618
AVERAGES 43.43% 45.14% 2.86% 1.86% 0.71% 6% +/-3.36 881.14
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.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
October 16, 2014
44%48%6%3%+/-4695
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.

Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez

Colorado Governor General Election - Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 13-16, 2014
48%38%14%+/-4.1568
Magellan (R-Liberty Foundation of America)
April 14-15, 2014
50%35%5%+/-3.7717
Public Policy Polling (D-National Coalition for Safer Roads)
April 17-20, 2014
48%41%11%+/--618
Quinnipiac University
April 15-21, 2014
48%39%10%+/-2.71,298
Rasmussen
June 25-26, 2014
44%44%8%+/-4.0750
NBC/Marist
July 7-10, 2014
49%43%7%+/-3.1914
Gravis Marketing
July 8-19, 214
49%43%8%+/-3.01,106
Quinnipiac University
July 10-14, 2014
43%44%10%+/-2.91,147
Public Policy Polling (D)
July 17-20, 2014
44%43%12%+/-3.8653
CBS/NYT/YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
48%48%1%+/-3.01,990
NBC/Marist
September 1-2, 2014
43%39%9%+/-3.1795
Rasmussen
September 3-4, 2014
44%45%8%+/-3.5800
High Point University
October 4-8, 2014
44%46%10%+/-3.5876
CNN/ORC
October 9-13, 2014
49%48%3%+/-4665
Monmouth University
October 17-20, 2014
50%43%7%+/-4.7431
AVERAGES 46.73% 42.6% 8.2% +/-2.91 888.53
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hypothetical match-ups
Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo

Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Tom Tancredo (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
46%45%1%9%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
48%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 42.5% 0.5% 10.5% +/-3.05 1,056
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Gessler

Hickenlooper vs. Gessler
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Scott Gessler (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%42%1%10%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
47%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 41% 0.5% 11% +/-3.05 1,056
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Brophy

Hickenlooper vs. Brophy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Greg Brophy (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%40%1%12%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
44%43%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 45.5% 41.5% 0.5% 12% +/-3.05 1,056
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Kopp

Hickenlooper vs. Kopp
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Mike Kopp (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
45%37%0%17%+/-3.2928
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.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)


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References

  1. Denver Post, "Oh, Hickenlooper has a challenger after all," February 3, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bio submission to Ballotpedia, April 5, 2013
  3. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  4. On The Issues, "Matthew Hess Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  5. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Official Candidate List ," accessed September 18, 2014
  6. Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed June 25, 2014
  7. Associated Press, "Colorado - Summary Vote Results," last updated June 25, 2014
  8. CBSlocal, Denver, "Bob Beauprez wins Colorado GOP Primary," June 24, 2014
  9. ProgressNow Colorado, "Republicans head for repeat disaster as "Both Ways Bob" claims nomination," June 24, 2014
  10. foxnews.com, "Former Rep. Bob Beauprez wins GOP primary for Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  11. The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper fundraising passes $3 million mark," July 1, 2014
  12. Reuters, "Former congressman Beauprez to challenge Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  13. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Official Candidate List," accessed June 23, 2014
  14. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  15. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014