Elections 2014

NHPR's coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, local and national primaries. 

Click here for voter resources and maps

Click here for the schedule of debates in the congressional, US Senate, and gubernatorial races. (Oct. 20-23)

Click here to hear all eight of our Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates.

Click here to hear our All Things Considered conversations with primary candidates in races for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Governor.

Primary 2014 Results: State-Level Results | Town-Level Results

Meet the Candidates

Governor: Maggie Hassan* | Walt Havenstein
U.S. Senate: Scott Brown | Jeanne Shaheen*
U.S. House, 1st District: Frank Guinta | Carol Shea-Porter*
U.S. House, 2nd District: Marilinda Garcia | Ann McLane Kuster*

[*Denotes incumbent]

NHPR's Election 2014 coverage is sponsored in part by Altus Investment Group, Bergeron Technical Services, Goff Wilson, and Rath Young Pignatelli.

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NH News
9:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Full Audio: In 2nd Televised Debate, Shaheen, Brown Spar On Threat Of ISIS, Ebola

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown
Credit cnn.com

In their second televised debate, U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown clashed on how to best handle the threat of ISIS.

Brown repeatedly tried to link Shaheen to President Obama, including on the fight against the Islamic State.

“Senator, with respect, the Kurds are hanging on for dear life, they’re in trouble. The Iraqi government is in trouble. ISIS is the size of New England right now, and you and the president have taken ground troops off the table, which is the worst thing you can do.”

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NH News
3:51 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Guinta Looks For Fresh Start In Third Bid For CD1 U.S. House Seat

Republican Frank Guinta speaks to a group of people at a home in Rochester.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The 2014 election marks Republican Frank Guinta's third try at the 1st Congressional District seat.

The former mayor of Manchester won in 2010, riding a wave of anti-government, Tea Party sentiment to a resounding 54-42 defeat of Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter.

Two years later, in a big year for Democrats, Shea-Porter returned the favor.

The two are now locked in a tight rematch.

At a house party in Rochester, Frank Guinta works the room, shaking hands with roughly 20 people gathered in the kitchen.

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Politics
9:09 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Full Debate Audio: Havenstein Defend Records While Attacking Each Other's

Credit Chris Jensen/Ryan Lessard for NHPR

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Walt Havenstein faced off in their first televised debate Wednesday night on NH1.

Hassan and Havenstein agreed on one thing: those responsible for the riots in Keene should be held accountable.

After that, there was plenty of daylight between them. At times the two seemed to talk past one another, both defending their own records - and distorting their opponents.

Havenstein repeatedly accused Hassan of fomenting “toxic partisanship” in Concord. Hassan said Havenstein is misinformed.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Governor's Race Not In The Spotlight, But May Be Up For Grabs

Havenstein and Hassan at the UNH Law Center for NHPR's Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

New Hampshire’s governor’s race is flying a bit under the radar. Most of this season’s campaign drama – not to mention spending – is focused on the U.S. Senate and Congressional races. 

But no one would say that incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan has it entirely locked up. Republican challenger Walt Havenstein is seen as the underdog, but there are political factors – both national and local, that could help him beat a path to the governor’s office.  

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Politics
1:34 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Clash Over Independence and Outsourcing

Credit NHPR Staff

The dynamic of this high-profile race has changed little since former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown began plotting a return to Washington, from New Hampshire, the state in which he spent his early childhood.

Last night's NECN/Concord Monitor/UNH debate at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord was true to form.

Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly cast Brown as an opportunist:

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates: Walt Havenstein

Allegra Boverman NHPR

Laura Knoy sits down with Walt Havenstein for an in-depth discussion about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. This special broadcast is a part of our election series presented in partnership with the Rudman Center at the UNH School of Law.

More information about NHPR's special election series presented with UNH Law School can be found here.

GUEST:

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Politics
9:18 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Full Audio: Kuster, Garcia Meet In First 2nd District Debate

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (L) and GOP challenger Marilinda Garcia
Credit Screenshots via NH1 news

In their first debate Democrat Ann Kuster and her Republican Challenger Marilinda Garcia both did their best to connect their opponent to another, less popular politician.

Garcia tried to tie Kuster to Obama, whose approval rating in the latest UNH poll was below 40 percent.

“She chaired his campaign committee or parts of it while in New Hampshire, and as recently as a few months ago she still claims to be one of his strongest supporters in Congress,” said Garcia.

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Politics
9:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Havenstein: "No" to Wind and Solar, "Yes" to Gun Rights and Gay Rights

Credit Brady Carlson/NHPR

In a wide-ranging conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy Monday evening, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein covered a gamut of economic and social policy issues.

Havenstein’s overall campaign is focused on the state’s economy. At the taping of NHPR’s “Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates” Havenstein said his view of New Hampshire’s poor business climate was cemented when his 31-year-old son had to leave the state in order to take the next step in his tech career.

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NHPR Events
12:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Conversations With The Candidates: Walt Havenstein

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

NHPR and UNH School of Law present

Walt Havenstein
Republican candidate for NH Governor

October 20th at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH

Join Laura Knoy for an in-depth discussion with the candidates about the issues on New Hampshire voters’ minds this election season. Each forum will be broadcast the following day during The Exchange at 9 am on the stations of NHPR.

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NH News
11:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Former President Clinton Stumps For N.H. Democrats

Credit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/barackobamadotcom/">BarackObamaDotCom</a> / Flickr

Former President Bill Clinton tried to light a fire under New Hampshire Democrats at the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Manchester last night.

He warned that without a more energetic voter turnout effort, Democrats could take a big hit, as they did in 2010.

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Politics
11:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Kuster Seeks The Center In N.H. Congressional Race

Kuster in NHPR's studios
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Congressional incumbents are typically most vulnerable right after their first term, and tight polls and big money flowing into New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District suggest that Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kuster is in that dangerous territory.

On a recent rainy day in Concord, Kuster took a spin through Peter’s Salon, a decades-old establishment in downtown Concord that employs more than two dozen workers. She’s there to press some flesh and highlight her support for small businesses in new Hampshire.  

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup: 2014 Election Edition

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

A special election edition of our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup.  We’ll sit down with NPR’s senior Washington editor Ron Elving, who’s in the Granite State this week, and NHPR’s senior political reporter Josh Rogers. We’ll get their take on the midterms and how New Hampshire’s races fit into the national narrative.

GUESTS:

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ads In Brown, Shaheen Senate Race More Than 90 Percent Negative

Negative ads aired against Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, paid for by the US Chamber of Commerce and the League of Conservation Voters

As Election Day draws near we’re checking in each week on political ads and ad spending with Dave Levinthal, Senior Political Reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

Over the past week Levinthal says political ads have turned negative – really negative.

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From the Archives
1:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

We Know How The Candidates Were Made, But What About New Hampshire's Ballots?

Primary ballots samples.

Anyone who’s been paying attention the last few months knows who and what will be appearing on the ballot in a few weeks. (And if you haven’t been paying attention, get off the sidelines already!) 

But how that information gets on the ballots is a process we don’t think much about.

In the run up to the 2004 election, NHPR's Lisa Peakes visited Captial Offset Printing, the company that had printed ballots for the state for decades.

Here's her story from the NHPR archives:

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NH News
12:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

In Debate, Hassan Attacks Havenstein For Signing Conservative Group's Pledge

In a debate Thursday morning on WGIR, Governor Maggie Hassan repeatedly went after Republican Walt Havenstein for a pledge he signed earlier this year with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

“By singing that Koch brothers pledge, he is pledging to undo our Medicaid expansion, he’s pledging no matter what to do what the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity tell him to do.”

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Politics
11:01 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Elections 2014: Live Debates Broadcast Schedule

Tune in to NHPR for a series of debates with the candidates for senator, governor and New Hampshire’s two congressional seats. They will will air live at 7 P.M. beginning Monday, October 20. The full schedule is posted below.

The NH1 debates are produced in partnership with NHPR, The Portsmouth Herald, The Laconia Sun and Foster's Daily Democrat. 

To learn more about the candidates, click here. To listen to NHPR's Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates, click here.

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Politics
8:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Bill Clinton Headlines N.H. Democratic Party Dinner

Former President Bill Clinton is coming back to New Hampshire, the state that helped lead him to the Democratic nomination in 1992, to rally support for the state's Democratic candidates.

Clinton will headline the state Democratic Party's annual dinner in Manchester on Thursday. The Democratic incumbents topping the party's ticket — Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster — will also speak. Clinton's wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, will campaign with Shaheen and Hassan two days before the Nov. 4 election.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mitt Romney Joins Scott Brown On N.H. Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney on the primary campaign trail in N.H. in 2012
Credit Tracy Lee Carroll for NHPR

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail with GOP senate candidate Scott Brown Wednesday.

Romney told a crowd of supporters that voting out Jeanne Shaheen was a way to send a message to the the President.

Romney and Brown rallied voters at the Gilchrist Metal Fabricating, a stop Romney used during his presidential run. The former Massachusetts governor said there is a “big ravine” between  what  Jeanne Shaheen says in NH and what she does in Washington, which is support the president’s agenda without fail.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Elections 2014: Behind N.H.'s Political Ads & Polls

Credit NHPR Staff/Campaigns

With their threatening music and grainy mug-shot photos, they warn of shady pasts and terrifying outcomes if a certain candidate is elected. We explore the themes presented, where the truth may or may not come in, and who’s paying for these ads.  And then, another election season pet-peeve: polls.

GUESTS:

  • Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College, and director of the Center for Civic Engagement, which includes the New England College Polling Institute.

CALLOUTS:

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Politics
4:46 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Garcia Brings Conservative Cred to N.H. Congressional Race

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

The race to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District is catching fire here and nationally.

A poll last week put incumbent Rep. Anne Kuster, a first-term Democrat, behind her GOP challenger, state lawmaker Marilinda Garcia. It looks like it will be a close contest.

At 31, Marilinda Garcia would be one of the youngest members elected to the U.S. House this year. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when Garcia won the GOP congressional primary last month, a large and loud crowd of millennials was in the house.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Hassan Touts Economic Record At Campaign Stop

Governor Hassan talks with employees at Commonplaces who benefited from the job training program.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan touted her economic credentials at a campaign stop at a Manchester marketing company Tuesday. She also fired a few shots at her opponent, Walt Havenstein.

Hassan argued she’s better equipped to help small businesses than rival Walt Havenstein. Internet marketing company Commonplaces was a beneficiary of job training grants. Hassan championed that program and what she terms bipartisan successes like increasing higher ed funding, raising the gas tax and expanding Medicaid.

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