Ovide Lamontagne

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Ovide Lamontagne
Ovide Lamontagne.jpg
Candidate for
Governor of New Hampshire
High schoolTrinity High School (1975)
Bachelor'sCatholic University of America (1979)
J.D.University of Wyoming College of Law (1985)
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Ovide Lamontagne was a Republican candidate for Governor of New Hampshire in the 2012 elections.


Lamontagne is a fourth generation resident of Manchester. He graduated from Trinity High School and went on to earn a bachelor degree from the Catholic University of America. After he graduated, he taught high school for three years before earning a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1985.

Upon graduation from law school, Lamontagne clerked for the late James Barrett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He later served as legal counsel for the New Hampshire State Senate during the 1991 legislative session. Lamontagne currently works as an attorney at Devnie, Millimet & Branch.[1]


  • Trinity High School (1975)
  • Catholic University of America (1979)
  • University of Wyoming College of Law (1985)



See also: New Hampshire gubernatorial election, 2012

Lamontagne won the Republican nomination for Governor of New Hampshire in the 2012 elections. Lamontagne defeated Kevin Smith and Robert Tarr in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012.[2] Lamontagne came in second facing Maggie Hassan and John J. Babiarz in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Hassan became the second woman in state history elected to lead New Hampshire. If she had lost to her Republican challenger, Lamontagne, it would have been the first time in 17 years that there would not have been a Democratic female governor in the country.[4]

Governor of New Hampshire General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaggie Hassan 54.7% 378,934
     Republican Ovide Lamontagne 42.6% 295,026
     Libertarian John J. Babiarz 2.8% 19,251
Total Votes 693,211
Election Results via New Hampshire Secretary of State.


Lamontagne received endorsements from:[5]

  • New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors[6]
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Senator John McCain
  • The Eagle Tribune
  • Seacoast Online
  • The Nashua Telegraph
  • The Conway Daily Sun
  • The Concord Monitor
  • Businessman Steve Kenda
  • House Legislative Leadership Team
  • Foster's Daily Democrat
  • Sheriffs Craig Wiggin, Michael Downing, and Michael Prozzo
  • Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire
  • State senator Bob Odell
  • State senator Jim Forsythe
  • Former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey
  • Former New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler

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Lamontagne lost the election to the position of Governor of New Hampshire in 2012. During that election cycle, Lamontagne raised a total of $1,868,536.



General election candidates

Governor of New Hampshire: Hassan vs. Lamontagne
Poll Maggie Hassan Ovide LamontagneOther/undecidedJohn BabiarzMargin of ErrorSample Size
WMUR Granite State Poll
April 9-20, 2012
Public Policy Polling
May 10-13, 2012
WMUR Granite State Poll
August 1-12, 2012
Public Policy Polling
August 9-12, 2012
American Research Group
September 15-17, 2012
Rasmussen Reports
September 18, 2012
WMUR Granite State Poll
September 27-30, 2012
Rasmussen Reports
October 9, 2012
Suffolk University Political Research Center
October 12-14, 2012
AVERAGES 40.67% 40% 18.56% 0.89% +/-3.87 670.33
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.


Lamontagne is a member of St. Anthony Parish. He and his wife, Bettie, have two daughters.

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