New Hampshire Gubernatorial election, 2014

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New Hampshire Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Maggie Hassan Democratic Party
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The New Hampshire gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Maggie Hassan (D) is eligible for re-election, as New Hampshire has no gubernatorial term limits, and is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a two-year term in office.

New Hampshire is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary, but in order to do 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] The primary will be held September 9, 2014.

The gubernatorial race is not the only race on the November ballot that could shift the balance of power in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire House of Representatives and New Hampshire State Senate have been identified by Ballotpedia as two of the top 20 legislative chambers to watch in 2014. Learn more about the state's most competitive legislative races on the battleground chambers page.


Democratic primary

Republican primary

Did not file

  • Republican Party Brad Cook - attorney at Sheehan Phinney, secretary of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire[5]

Withdrawn candidates


August 12 Republican debate

Republican candidates Walter Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway and Jonathan Smolin debated economic policy and casino gambling at Franklin Pierce University. Havenstein argued for a reduced tax on business profits and budget cuts that he claimed would produce 25,000 jobs by 2017. Hemingway proposed a flat income tax rate, a decreased corporate tax rate and reducing regulations to strengthen businesses. Smolin suggested that the state could reduce or eliminate college tuition to keep young workers in New Hampshire.[8]

The three primary opponents disagreed on the prospect of casino gambling in the state. Havenstein argued against casinos on the grounds that they wouldn't significantly improve the economy. Hemingway was more amenable to casinos, suggesting that current groups that run charity gambling operations could oversee new casinos. Smolin voiced support for a small number of casinos to provide a boost to New Hampshire's economy.[8]

All three candidates found consensus in their opposition to the Affordable Care Act and support for school choice in New Hampshire public schools.[8]

Campaign media

Maggie Hassan ad: Problem Solver

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 13, 2014 Filing deadline
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election

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