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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Politics
8:19 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Chris Christie Stumps In N.H. For Havenstein, Brown

Credit Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is making his third trip to New Hampshire to campaign with the Republicans topping the party's ticket this November.

Christie will campaign Wednesday with gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein in Nashua then join U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown for a rally in Salem.

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NHPR Events
3:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

NHPR & UNH Law Present 'Rudman Center Conversations With The Candidates'

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

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.

All events begin at 5:30pm
Reception to follow

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

Audience questions will be encouraged. Tickets are complimentary, reservations are required and space is limited. See below for dates & registration links.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Republicans Push Party Unity

Left to right: Frank Guinta, Walk Havenstein, Scott Brown, and Marilinda Garcia
Credit Josh Rogers/NHPR

The unity message could be heard from the podium and heard from the banquet room floor -- and not simply from the usual suspects.

“The Democrats will say this is all for show, Republicans will keep fighting, and will beat them by letting them split hairs and they will stay home.”

That’s Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who keynoted the breakfast.

“So I want to show N.H. today, what I want to show the country, is that we are unified.”

Here’s former N.H. House Speaker Bill O’Brien:

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Politics
10:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Updated: Garcia Slams Obamacare But Won't Say How She Is Covered

Credit Via Garcia's website

[Update near bottom in italics]

The Republican candidates gunning for federal office in New Hampshire are all trying to put the Democratic incumbents on defense over the Affordable Care Act, whose New Hampshire rollout has been rocky.

But one of the most avid critics, Second District GOP nominee, Marilinda Garcia, is declining to say how she gets coverage. 

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Politics
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

John Bolton's PAC Endorses Guinta, Garcia

John Bolton
Credit AP Photo

Former ambassador John Bolton's Political Action Committee, or PAC, is endorsing and contributing money to two more candidates in New Hampshire, Republican House hopefuls Frank Guinta and Marilinda Garcia. 

Bolton was President George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations. His political action committee is backing about two dozen candidates for federal office, including Guinta and Garcia, who won their primaries on Tuesday. 

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Politics
8:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul Visits N.H. To Attend GOP Events, Endorse Brown

Senator Rand Paul
Credit Associated Press

Senator Rand Paul, a possible candidate for president in 2016, is headed to New Hampshire again.

On Thursday night, Paul will attend a gathering of Generation Opportunity, a conservative group with links to billionaires Charles and David Koch.

On Friday, he'll headline a Republican party "Unity Breakfast" to rally the party after this week's primary.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

N.H. Primary 2014: Who Won, Who Lost, And Why

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

We're looking at the results from yesterday's primaries for U.S. Senate, House, N.H. Governor, and statewide offices.

GUESTS:

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Politics
1:25 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Scott Brown Cruises In GOP Primary

Brown speaks after securing the win on primary night.
Credit Taylor Quimby/NHPR

Scott Brown was the front runner the moment he entered this race -- his third Senate run in five years -- and he topped a field that included former U.S. Senator Bob Smith and former State Senator Jim Rubens by about 20 points.

In his victory speech, Brown targeted President Obama as much as incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen -- their race is one of a handful that will decide which party controls the Senate.

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Politics
1:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Incumbents Defend In State Senate Primaries

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

There were nine primaries in New Hampshire’s state Senate yesterday; eight of them between Republicans.

Two Republican incumbents – David Boutin of Hooksett, and Nancy Stiles of Hampton –beat back more conservative challengers. Boutin’s race the tougher: he bested former state rep Jane Cormier by single digits.

The one Democratic primary was in Merrimack County. It was to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Senate President Sylvia Larsen. Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger – who was endorsed by Larsen – was routed by Dan Feltes, a legal aid lawyer.

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Breaking
12:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Garcia Wins 2nd Congressional District Primary

Marilinda Garcia makes her acceptance speech in Concord on primary election night.
Credit Jack Rodolico

State Representative Marilinda Garcia won the Republican primary for New Hampshire’s second congressional district.

After claiming her victory before a crowd of cheering supporters, Marilinda Garcia took aim at Obamacare, and linked Representative Annie Kuster to one of the president’s most significant and controversial policies.

She asked for the crowd’s continued support "getting through November and...repealing and replacing Representative Kuster."

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NH News
12:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Havenstein Wins Party Nomination, Faces Tough Race Against Hassan

Walt Havenstein greeting supporters after his victory speech.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein is the Republican nominee governor.

Walt Havenstein didn’t always run strong in this race but he won by nearly 20 points over Andrew Hemingway. He said voters in the general election will have a clear choice.

“The choice is going to be about the future of our state and whether or not we’re gonna maintain and stay in this economic stagnation or if we’re actually gonna take a bold course to change our economic outcome for the future prosperity of our state.”

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Politics
7:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014: Wins In Hand For Brown, Havenstein, Garcia, Guinta

Scott Brown gives victory speech, says "Town halls still matter in NH"
Credit Taylor Quimby / NHPR

10:27 p.m.

For the third time, former Congressman Frank Guinta will face Carol Shea-Porter for New Hampshire's District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guinta won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary, taking 49 percent of the vote.

Dan Innis, former dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and co-owner of Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn, received 41 percent, while libertarian Brendan Kelly won 8 percent.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014 Results: State Level

Note: Use the "Select Office" dropdown to view results from a specific race.

Politics
2:27 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014 Results: Town Level

Note: Use the "Select Office" dropdown to view results from a specific race.

Politics
11:50 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014: N.H. Voters Head To The Polls, But Some Towns Report Low Turnout

Election workers wait for voters at Concord's Ward 2
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

New Hampshire primary voters are headed to the polls to choose their candidates in several races, including the U.S. Senate.

At St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord, moderator John Williams says as is typically the case, a large cluster of voters showed up shortly after polls opened.

“New Hampshire voters are certainly early risers. They like to come and vote early. We also see a rush during lunch time and again during the evening between 6 and 7.”

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Politics
11:15 am
Tue September 9, 2014

The Story In Photos: Primary Day 2014

Press area at Scott Brown's camp
Taylor Quimby NHPR

Candidates for the U.S. Senate, governor, Congress and the state legislature are on the New Hampshire primary ballot Tuesday. Click through our Primary 2014 gallery above to see the day unfold in photos taken by NHPR reporters, the campaigns, and New Hampshire voters.

Politics
6:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Dark Money Already Making Its Mark In N.H. Senate Race

Scott Brown wasn't even an official candidate when he declined to agree to a "people's pledge" to limit the amount of outside spending in the New Hampshire Senate race.

Six months later, with Brown expected to win the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary, more than half of the $19.1 million spent on the New Hampshire race has come from outside groups.

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Elections 2014
2:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Elections 2014: N.H. State Senate District Map & Voter Guide

The New Hampshire Senate consists of 24 members and 24 districts, as outlined on the map below. The Senate was founded in 1784 and is the higher of the state's two legislative chambers. Generally, sessions are held annually from early January to the end of June.

A New Hampshire State Senate district map is embedded below, via the Live Free or Die Alliance. Roll your cursor over the district for a list of cities/towns or click on a district for information on the elected official for that district. 

Elections 2014
2:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Elections 2014: N.H. Executive Council District Map & Voter Guide

The New Hampshire Constitution of 1783 included the establishment of "five councilors, for advising the governor in the executive part of government." This is commonly known as the Executive Council.

The specific powers, duties and responsibilities of the council have been defined over the years by the constitution, amendments, New Hampshire laws, and advisory opinions from the state Supreme Court and Attorney General.

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Elections 2014
2:53 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Elections 2014: N.H. House District Map & Voter Guide

In March of 2012, the state passed HB 592, which caused the redistricting of all the house districts in the
State of New Hampshire.  After the passing of this law, the House now has a total of 204 districts. 
There are 91 single town districts, 70 multi-town districts and 43 Floterial Districts. The New Hampshire House is the largest state legislative body in the United States.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Primary 2014: Final Debate Round-Up

This week saw a series of debates in which Republican candidates in New Hampshire's primary races for U.S. House, Senate, and N.H. Governor met to differentiate themselves on the issues.

If you missed the debates, you can find NHPR's coverage of them right here:

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NH News
9:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Final Gubernatorial Debate Highlights Differences In Leadership Style, Economic Plans

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

  Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway held their last debate Friday. They differed on how they say they would lead and improve the state’s business climate.

Political activist and serial entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway, when asked how his business experience would inform his style of governance, said New Hampshire is a small-business state.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Walt Havenstein's Strengths In General Election May Be Weaknesses In Primary

Havenstein speaking to the press at BAE Systems in Nashua.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  As former President of BAE Systems, Walt Havenstein led one of New Hampshire’s largest employers. That’s one reason top Republicans encouraged the millionaire business-man to get into the governor’s race. Havenstein has vastly outspent his Republican opponent but this race remains tight.

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