New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014

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New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014

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The Republican Party win in the New Hampshire House of Representatives provided the party with control of the legislature following 2014's elections.

Republicans controlled a majority in the Senate, which they were able to maintain. Even though Democrats had 40 more members than the Republicans in the House, the chamber has gone through massive swings in recent years. The Democrats overcame a 98-seat Republican majority in 2006 before the Republicans rebounded in the 2010 elections. A Ballotpedia analysis showed that of the period from 1992 to 2003, Republicans controlled the House for 17 years, while Democrats controlled it for five.[1]

The State of the Race column on WMUR.com listed District 12 and the open seat in District 8 the two toss-ups in the Senate. Democrats were expected to win 10 seats and the Republicans 12 seats, according to the column. In Senate District 12, Incumbent Peggy Gilmour (D) faced former house member Kevin Avard (R) in the general election.[2] In the District 8 general election, House incumbent Linda Tanner (D) faced Jerry Little (R).[3]

The New Hampshire State Senate was one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a 2014 battleground chamber. The New Hampshire Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republicans of one seat, which amounted to 4.2 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.

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

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the New Hampshire State Senate. The Republican Party increased their majority by two seats, increasing from 12 to 14 seats. The Democratic Party suffered a loss of one seat, decreasing from 11 to 10. The chamber's vacant seat was filled during the general election.

Incumbents retiring

Three incumbents did not run for re-election in 2014. Those incumbents were:

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 was one vacant seat in District 11.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

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

New Hampshire State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 11 10
     Republican Party 12 14
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 24 24
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 4 (16.6%) of the 24 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. Two Republicans and two Democrats were guaranteed election in November, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced 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 0 to 5 percent. Three other elections were mildly competitive, with a margin of victory of 5 to 10 percent. Those districts were:

Competitive

  • District 6: Incumbent Sam Cataldo (R) faced 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) faced 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) faced 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 faced 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 faced Steve Kenda in the Republican primary. The winner of that election faced 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 faced 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 faced Howard Pearl in the Republican primary. The winner of that election faced 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) faced 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 did not seek 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 ran for re-election. A list of those incumbents, one Democrat and three Republicans, can be found above. There was one vacancy in District 11.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the New Hampshire Senate, a candidate must be:[4]

  • 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 showed 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. [5]

Races to Watch

In the state Senate, Republicans held a 13 to 11 advantage. For Democrats to take control, they needed to flip two seats. The Nashua Telegraph identified the District 6 race as one that was expected to play a key role on election night.

The State of the Race column on WMUR.com listed District 12 and the open seat in District 8 as the two tossups in the Senate. According to the column, Democrats were expected to win 10 seats and the Republicans, 12 seats.

List of candidates

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:
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Democratic Party Jeff Woodburn Green check mark transparent.png
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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

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:
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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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

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: 9,578 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kathleen Lauer-Rago: 9,423

District 8

Note: Incumbent Bob Odell (R) did not run 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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Note: This seat was 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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png
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 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Note: Incumbent Sylvia Larsen (D) did not run 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 Green check mark transparent.png
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:
  • David Boutin: 3,096 Approveda - Incumbent Boutin was first elected in a special election held February 16, 2010.
  • Jane Cormier: 2,613
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Maureen Raiche Manning
Republican Party David Boutin Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Howard Pearl: 837 - Pearl announced on August 6, 2014, that he was dropping out of the race. His name remained on the ballot.[9]
  • John Reagan: 4,045 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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party George Lambert

District 19

Note: Incumbent Jim Rausch (R) did not run 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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png
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 Green check mark transparent.png
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:
Democratic Party Richard O'Shaughnessy
Republican Party Chuck Morse Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

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 Green check mark transparent.png

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