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Five state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Rhode Island. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

Rhode Island is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[1]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Rhode Island:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held five of the five state executive seats in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 5 5


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Governor

Governor of Rhode Island, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGina Raimondo 42.1% 53,990
Angel Taveras 29.1% 37,326
Clay Pell 26.9% 34,515
Todd Giroux 1.8% 2,264
Total Votes 128,095
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.
Governor of Rhode Island, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllan Fung 54.9% 17,530
Ken Block 45.1% 14,399
Total Votes 31,929
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 43% 50,229
Ralph Mollis 36.4% 42,525
Frank Ferri 20.5% 23,970
Total Votes 116,724
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Terry Taylor 66.7% 17,722
Kara Young 33.3% 8,831
Total Votes 26,553
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Attorney General

Uncontested

Secretary of State

Rhode Island Secretary of State, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Gorbea 51.4% 58,444
Guillaume de Ramel 48.6% 55,237
Total Votes 113,681
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Treasurer

Rhode Island Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Magaziner 66.5% 80,378
Frank Caprio 33.5% 40,402
Total Votes 120,780
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor

Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGina Raimondo 40.7% 131,899
     Republican Allan Fung 36.2% 117,428
     Moderate Robert Healey 21.4% 69,278
     Independent Kate Fletcher 1.1% 3,483
     Independent Leon Kayarian 0.4% 1,228
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 739
Total Votes 324,055
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 54.3% 169,078
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 33.8% 105,305
     Moderate William Gilbert 8.3% 25,951
     Libertarian Tony Jones 3.3% 10,221
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 906
Total Votes 311,461
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Attorney General

Attorney General of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Kilmartin Incumbent 56.9% 177,981
     Republican Dawson Hodgson 43% 134,444
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 589
Total Votes 313,014
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Gorbea 60.5% 186,899
     Republican John Carlevale 39.3% 121,466
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 770
Total Votes 309,135
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Treasurer

Rhode Island Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Magaziner 57.1% 175,902
     Independent Ernest Almonte 42.7% 131,423
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 588
Total Votes 307,913
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[3] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[4]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[5]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[6]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 25, 2014 Filing deadline
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 12, 2014 Last day for recount requests
January 6, 2015 Inaugurations for executive officials

State executive organization

Executive officials in Rhode Island are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

Ballotpedia reports

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