New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

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New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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New Hampshire State Senate2012 New Hampshire House Elections
Elections for the office of New Hampshire State Senate were held in New Hampshire on November 6, 2012. A total of 24 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was June 15, 2012. The primary election day will be September 11, 2012.[1]

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the New Hampshire State Senate:

New Hampshire State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 11
     Republican Party 19 13
Total 24 24


Incumbents retiring

A total of 9 Senators did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
John Gallus Ends.png Republican Senate District 1
Jim Forsythe Ends.png Republican Senate District 4
Matthew Houde Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 5
Fenton Groen Ends.png Republican Senate District 6
Raymond White Ends.png Republican Senate District 9
Gary Lambert Ends.png Republican Senate District 13
John Barnes Ends.png Republican Senate District 17
Tom DeBlois Ends.png Republican Senate District 18
Amanda Merrill Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 21

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in New Hampshire in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 54 $2,461,574
2008 54 $2,618,697
2006 52 $2,684,106
2004 56 $2,045,226
2002 68 $1,764,674

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $2,461,574 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [3]

Donor Amount
New Hampshire Association of Realtors $36,300
Sanborn, Andy $35,623
Angerhofer, Peter $34,734
Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire $32,800
Forrester, Jeanie $30,150
New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association $25,850
Gallagher Callahan & Gartrell $24,200
Electrical Workers Local 2320 $22,500
Wendelboe, Fran $21,050
Tausch, Frederick W $20,000
Map of New Hampshire Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 4 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Hampshire

The Republican-dominated Senate passed a new map by a 19-4 vote on February 1, 2012, and the Republican-dominated House concurred 253-91 on March 7. Gov. John Lynch (D) signed the Senate map on March 23; he vetoed the House map, but was overridden. The Senate map changes 18 of 24 districts by the request of residents of Holderness, Shelburne, and Barnstead, and was expected to maintain a Republican majority.[4][5]

Qualifications

Article 29 of Part 2 of the New Hampshire Constitution states, "Provided nevertheless, that no person shall be capable of being elected a senator, who is not of the age of thirty years, and who shall not have been an inhabitant of this state for seven years immediately preceding his election, and at the time thereof he shall be an inhabitant of the district for which he shall be chosen. Should such person, after election, cease to be an inhabitant of the district for which he was chosen, he shall be disqualified to hold said position and a vacancy shall be declared therein."

List of candidates

District 1

Note: Incumbent Republican John Gallus did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
Note: Mark P. Evans initially filed but no longer appears on the list of primary candidates.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Woodburn: 14,924 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Debi Warner: 10,348

District 2

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert C. Lamb, Jr.: 12,680
Republican Party Jeanie Forrester: 14,943 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • Jeb Bradley Approveda - Incumbent Bradley first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeffery Ballard: 11,650
Republican Party Jeb Bradley: 18,152 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Note: Incumbent Republican Jim Forsythe did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David H. Watters: 18,152 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Phyllis Woods: 11,650

District 5

Note: Incumbent Democrat Matthew Houde did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Pierce: 17,719 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Osgood: 9,940

District 6

Note: Incumbent Republican Fenton Groen did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Leonard: 12,127
Republican Party Sam Cataldo: 12,764 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew J. Hosmer: 15,573 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joshua F. Youssef: 10,768

District 8

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • Bob Odell Approveda - Incumbent Odell first assumed office in 2002.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ckristopher Wallenstein: 11,138
Republican Party Bob Odell: 17,709 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Note: Incumbent Republican Raymond White did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lee C. Nyquist: 15,241
Republican Party Andy Sanborn: 15,454 Green check mark transparent.png

Note: This contest was subject to a recount -- of which the results appear above -- on November 13, 2012; the outcome was not affected.[6]

District 10

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • Molly Kelly Approveda - Incumbent Kelly first assumed office in 2006.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Molly Kelly: 18,810 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard A. Foote: 9,483

District 11

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Peter Bragdon: 18,644 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • Jim Luther Approveda - Incumbent Luther first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peggy Gilmour: 15,245 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jim Luther: 14,101

District 13

Note: Incumbent Republican Gary Lambert did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bette R. Lasky: 15,314 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph F. Krasucki: 8,224

District 14

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Katherine Messner: 10,466
Republican Party Sharon M. Carson: 13,701 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Richard B. Kahn: 1,466

District 15

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sylvia B. Larsen: 19,385 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lydia Dube Harman: 8,382

District 16

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • David Boutin Approveda - Incumbent Boutin first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathleen M. Kelley: 13,480
Republican Party David Boutin: 13,876 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Richard Tomasso: 921

District 17

Note: Incumbent Republican John Barnes did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy R.B. Fraher: 13,138
Republican Party John Reagan: 14,672 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: Incumbent Republican Tom DeBlois did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donna M. Soucy: 12,139 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party J. Gail Barry: 8,024
Independent Arthur J. Beaudry: 3,378

District 19

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • Jim Rausch Approveda - Incumbent Rausch first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party R. Christopher Reisdorf: 10,473
Republican Party Jim Rausch: 15,927 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lou D'Allesandro: 13,264 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Phil Greazzo: 7,754

District 21

Note: Incumbent Democrat Amanda Merrill did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martha Fuller Clark: 19,740 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peter Macdonald: 8,674

District 22

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:
  • Chuck Morse Approveda - Incumbent Morse first assumed office in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Victoria Czaia: 9,781
Republican Party Chuck Morse: 16,972 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carol E. Croteau: 13,076
Republican Party Russell Prescott: 15,029 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party September 11 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 11 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Beverly Hollingworth: 15,488
Republican Party Nancy F. Stiles: 17,110 Green check mark transparent.png

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