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New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of New Hampshire State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014.

The New Hampshire State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. The New Hampshire Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 8.3 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of eight districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were five districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another three districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

Incumbents retiring

A total of three incumbents are not running for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Bob Odell Ends.png Republican Senate District 08
Sylvia Larsen Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 15
Jim Rausch Ends.png Republican Senate District 19

Note: There is one vacant seat in District 11.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the New Hampshire State Senate:

New Hampshire State Senate
Party As of September 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 11 Pending
     Republican Party 12 Pending
     Vacancy 1 Pending
Total 24 24

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 4 (16.6%) of the 24 districts up for election in 2014, there is only one major party candidate running for election. A total of 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats are guaranteed election in November barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates will face off in the general election in 20 (83.3%) of the 24 districts up for election. Five of those seats held competitive elections in 2012 with a margin of victory ranging from zero to five percent. Three other elections were mildly competitive, with a margin of victory of five to ten percent. Those districts are:

Competitive

  • District 6: Incumbent Sam Cataldo (R) will face Richard Leonard (D) in the general election. Cataldo defeated Leonard in the general election by a margin of victory of 3 percent in 2012.
  • District 9: Incumbent Andy Sanborn (R) will face Lee Nyquist (D) in the general election. Sanborn defeated Nyquist in the general election by a margin of victory of 0.69 percent in 2012.
  • District 12: Incumbent Peggy Gilmour (D) will face the winner of the Republican primary between Kevin Avard and Michael McCarthy in the general election. Gilmour won the general election by a margin of victory of 4 percent in 2012.
  • District 16: Incumbent David Boutin will face Jane Cormier in the Republican primary. The winner will be unopposed in the general election. Boutin won the general election by a margin of victory of 1 percent in 2012.
  • District 24: Incumbent Nancy Stiles will face Steve Kenda in the Republican primary. The winner of that election will face Chris Muns (D) in the general election. Stiles won the general election by a margin of victory of 5 percent in 2012.

Mildly competitive

  • District 2: Incumbent Jeanie Forrester defeated Timothy Condon in the Republican primary. Forrester will face Carolyn Mello (D) in the general election. Forrester won the general election by a margin of victory of 8 percent in 2012.
  • District 17: Incumbent John Reagan will face Howard Pearl in the Republican primary. The winner of that election will face Nancy R.B. Fraher (D) in the general election. Reagan won the general election by a margin of victory of 6 percent in 2012.
  • District 23: Incumbent Russell Prescott (R) will face Donna Schlachman (D) in the general election. Prescott won the general election by a margin of victory of 7 percent in 2012.

Primary challenges

A total of 4 incumbents faced primary competition on September 9. Four incumbents are not seeking re-election in 2014 and another 16 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 16 (66.6%) of the current 24 incumbents are running for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and three Republicans, can be found above. There is one vacancy in District 11.

Qualifications

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To be eligible to serve in the New Hampshire Senate, a candidate must be:[1]

  • At least thirty years of age
  • A resident of the state for seven years immediately preceding the election
  • An inhabitant of the district for which they are chosen

Context

A Ballotpedia analysis of partisan balance shows that from 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New Hampshire State Senate for six years while the Republicans were the majority for 16 years. The New Hampshire senate had a Republican majority for the study's final three years. [2]

Races to Watch

In the state senate, Republicans currently have a 13-11 advantage. For Democrats to take control they must flip two seats. The Nashua Telegraph, has listed the District 6 race as one that could see a Democrat taking over the Republican seat. In this year's general election, Incumbent Sam Cataldo (R) will face off against Richard Leonard (D). In 2012, Leonard was defeated by Cataldo by only 600 votes.[3]

Incumbent Donna Soucy (D) of District 18 will face house incumbent George Lambert in the general election.

The State of the Race column on WMUR.com, has listed District 12 and the open seat in District 8 as the two toss ups in the Senate. According to the column, Democrats are likely to win 10 seats and the Republicans 12 seats. In Senate District 12, Incumbent Peggy Gilmour (D) will face former house member Kevin Avard (R) in the general election.[4] In District 8, House incumbent Linda Tanner (D) will face Jerry Little (R) in the general election.[5]

List of candidates

Note: Candidate lists can change frequently throughout the election season. Ballotpedia staff will be re-examining the list on a monthly basis for any changes. This list was last examined on September 9, 2014. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed or one incorrectly listed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 1

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Jeff Woodburn Approveda- Incumbent Woodburn was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Jeff Woodburn
Republican Party Mark Evans

District 2

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Carolyn Mello
Republican Party Jeanie Forrester

District 3

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Jeb Bradley Approveda- Incumbent Bradley was first elected to the chamber in a special election on April 21, 2009.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party John White
Republican Party Jeb Bradley

District 4

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • David Watters Approveda- Incumbent Watters was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party David Watters
Republican Party Eddie Edwards

District 5

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • David Pierce Approveda- Incumbent Pierce was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party David Pierce

District 6

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Sam Cataldo Approveda- Incumbent Cataldo was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Richard Leonard
Republican Party Sam Cataldo

District 7

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Andrew Hosmer Approveda- Incumbent Hosmer was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Andrew Hosmer
Republican Party Kathleen Lauer-Rago

District 8

Note: Incumbent Bob Odell (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Linda Tanner
Republican Party Jerry Little

District 9

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Andy Sanborn Approveda- Incumbent Sanborn was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Lee Nyquist
Republican Party Andy Sanborn

District 10

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Molly Kelly Approveda- Incumbent Kelly was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Molly Kelly

District 11

Note: This seat is currently vacant.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Roger H. Tilton
Republican Party Gary Daniels

District 12

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Peggy Gilmour Approveda- Incumbent Gilmour was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Peggy Gilmour
Republican Party Kevin Avard

District 13

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Bette Lasky Approveda- Incumbent Lasky was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Bette Lasky
Republican Party Doris Hohensee

District 14

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Sharon Carson Approveda- Incumbent Carson was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Kate Messner
Republican Party Sharon Carson

District 15

Note: Incumbent Sylvia Larsen (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Dan Feltes
Republican Party Lydia Dube Harman

District 16

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party David Boutin

District 17

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Howard Pearl - Pearl announced on August 6, 2014, that he was dropping out of the race. His name will remain on the ballot.[6]
  • John Reagan Approveda - Incumbent Reagan was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Nancy R.B. Fraher
Republican Party John Reagan

District 18

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Donna Soucy Approveda- Incumbent Soucy was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Donna Soucy
Republican Party George Lambert

District 19

Note: Incumbent Jim Rausch (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Kristi St. Laurent
Republican Party Regina Birdsell

District 20

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Lou D'Allesandro Approveda- Incumbent D'Allesandro was first elected to the chamber in 1998.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Lou D'Allesandro
Republican Party Eileen Landies

District 21

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Martha Fuller Clark
Republican Party Phil Nazzaro

District 22

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Chuck Morse Approveda- Incumbent Morse was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Chuck Morse

District 23

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Russell Prescott Approveda- Incumbent Prescott was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Donna Schlachman
Republican Party Russell Prescott

District 24

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Chris Muns
Republican Party Nancy Stiles

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