Elections 2014

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

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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
5:04 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As Senate Primary Ramps Up, Brown Remains Candidate To Beat

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

In just three weeks, Republicans will choose who will face one of the most successful politicians in recent New Hampshire history: incumbent US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

This race is one of less than a dozen in the country that could help decide the balance of power in the Senate.

On paper, the three leading candidates have their strengths, but the front-runner remains clear. In the field are two former Senators, and a former state-level politician who the Manchester Union leader declared Citizen of the year in 2013.

But all of them have baggage.

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Elections 2014
3:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

In New Hampshire, An Unexpected Tight Race For Senate

Paul Moccia of Atkinson, N.H., waits for New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown to be endorsed by Mitt Romney at an event in Stratham, N.H., on July 2.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:59 pm

When discussing competitive U.S. Senate races, New Hampshire isn't at the top of the list. Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana — they all have tight contests. But now it seems even New Hampshire may be in play.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is a former longtime New Hampshire governor, finishing up her first term in the U.S. Senate. Polls consistently find she's still personally popular, even after millions of dollars in attack ads run against her. And yet a recent WMUR Granite State poll finds she has a race on her hands.

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Politics
10:17 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Poll Shows Shaheen, Brown In Close Race For Senate Seat

Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen in NHPR's studios.
Credit NHPR Staff

A new poll shows U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and possible Republican challenger Scott Brown in a close race for the New Hampshire Senate seat.

The WMUR Granite State Poll shows, Shaheen, a Democrat, ahead of Republicans Bob Smith and Jim Rubens.

The poll says Shaheen has led Brown throughout the spring and summer, but her campaign is being weighed down by national politics, particularly the declining popularity of President Obama. The poll says only 37 percent of likely voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Jim Lawrence

Jim Lawrence
Credit www.lawrenceforcongress.com

Jim Lawrence is a former state Representative, having served three terms in the New Hampshire Statehouse.

The Hudson man is running in the 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

President Barack Obama’s policies – being supported 95 percent of the time by Ann Kuster – in my estimation, they were destroying the future of American for my children. I felt that I had to act. The other Republican candidates running in the race weren’t talking about the issues that I felt were important to the voters of New Hampshire.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Marilinda Garcia

Marilinda Garcia
Credit Facebook

Marilinda Garcia is in her fourth term serving the town of Salem in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

She's among the Republicans running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

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Politics
6:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hassan, Havenstein Running Close In Gubernatorial Money Race

Thanks to nearly $1.5 million from his own pocket, Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein is keeping pace in the race for campaign money with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.

According to reports filed today with the Secretary of State, Havenstein reports a campaign war chest of $1,989,876. That includes $1,474,000 in personal loans and another $17,000 from other family members.

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NH News
5:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

GOP Candidates For Governor Debate Policy, Integrity

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

  Republican candidates for Governor, Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway, squared off Wednesday morning on WGIR. Their debate was heated and, at times, personal.

While this race remains tough to call, in this debate, Andrew Hemingway acted the part of underdog. He went after Walt Havenstein repeatedly, hoping to turn what Havenstein says is his strength—his experience leading billion dollar defense companies—into an example of how moneyed interests use campaign contributions to get their way at tax payers’ expense.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Gary Lambert

Gary Lambert
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Gary Lambert served as a state Senator for a single term, and is now looking to represent the state’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

The attorney from Nashua also recently retired from the Marine Corps and is seeking to unseat Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.

Why are you running?

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Frank Guinta

Former Congressman Frank Guinta
Credit Courtesy image

Frank Guinta held the District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, when he was defeated by the current incumbent, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

Guinta, who has also served as a state representative and mayor of Manchester, is one of four Republicans competing in September's primary for the right to challenge Shea-Porter in November.

Frank Guinta joined me in NHPR's studio to talk about the race and his stance on some of the issues. (Scroll down to find the full audio of our interview with Guinta, as well as the version edited for broadcast.) 

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NH News
3:09 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

John McCain Stumps For Scott Brown At Derry Town Hall Meeting

Scott Brown and John McCain at a town hall meeting in Derry.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Arizona Senator John McCain was back on the New Hampshire campaign trail Monday.

He was here to boost the campaign of former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

John McCain won the New Hampshire primary twice, and seemed to understand that a crowd of Granite State voters – even one of full supporters – likes a little deference.

“I will leave it up to the good judgment of the people of New Hampshire. I certainly wouldn’t pretend to tell them how to vote, but I would like to share with them as I have today the experience I had with this good and decent American.”

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Sen. McCain To Appear With Scott Brown At Town Hall

Arizona Sen. John McCain is coming to New Hampshire to support Scott Brown in his bid to return to the U.S. Senate.

The two will conduct a town hall-style meeting Monday morning at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. The topic is foreign policy.

McCain is popular among Republicans in the state: He won the 2000 presidential primary then won it again in 2008 on his way to the GOP nomination.

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Dan Innis

GOP CD1 House candidate Dan Innis
Credit Courtesy image

Dan Innis is 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.

He is one of four Republicans competing in September's primary in the District 1 race for the U.S. House of Representatives. That seat is currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

Dan Innis joined me in NHPR's studio to talk about the race and his stance on some of the issues. (Scroll down to find the full audio of our interview with Innis, as well as the version edited for broadcast.) 

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Politics
2:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republicans Meet For Senate Debate In Conway

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The leading candidates for U.S. Senate met for debates Thursday in North Conway.

The debate, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, ranged from Obamacare to medical marijuana, from the Veteran's Affairs to the National Security Agency. And with the increasing instability in the Middle East the candidates spent plenty of time airing their views on the situation in Iraq.

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Politics
9:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Brown Defends Obamacare Stance At Nashua Town Hall

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Republican Candidate for US Senate Scott Brown campaigned in Nashua Monday night. Both he and the critics the event attracted used the opportunity to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

Brown opened what his campaign billed as a town hall meeting by laying out his case against so-called Obamacare. Many of the questions that followed came from local democrats who stressed positive aspects of the federal health-care law. Brown meanwhile said he’d like to see the law replaced with a network of state controlled solutions.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Discuss ACA At N.H. Events

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is emphasizing parts of the health care overhaul law that help seniors, while one of the Republicans hoping to unseat her is arguing against it.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Shea-Porter Gets PAC Money For Opposing PAC Money

Larry Lessig, founder of Mayday PAC
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3X2eDCmPRY / Mayday

  A political action committee on a mission to overhaul  how campaigns are financed is putting its weight behind first district Democratic Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter. Porter  is  one of 8 candidates to be endorsed by Mayday, which expects to spent $13 million dollars this campaign season.

Mayday is the brainchild of Harvard Law professor and political activist, Lawrence Lessig.  He says Mayday has one goal: to reduce the influence of money in politics.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Republican Senate Candidates "Stump On A Stump" In Concord

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

  The Republican Candidates vying for the chance to run against Jeanne Shaheen for Senate in November were stumping in Concord over the weekend. Scott Brown, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith faced questions about agricultural and timber policies at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau and the Timberland Owners Association at Carter Hill Orchard.

Brown used the opportunity to say that he wants to cut the red tape required to get temporary worker visas.

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NH News
4:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Hassan Campaign Returns $33k In Improper Contributions

Maggie Hassan in her first TV spot released Wednesday.
Credit Hassan campaign

Governor Maggie Hassan has returned another $9,000-worth of campaign contributions from organized labor. Hassan has now returned $33,000 of improper donations from union political action committees.

The problem with the initial donations – $25,000 from the Electrical Workers PAC and $10,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC, was when they were received – after Hassan’s candidacy was official.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kuster Holds Roundtable On Campus Sexual Assault

U.S. Rep Ann McLane Kuster (right) at roundtable with N.H. Sexual Assault Resource Teams Coordinator Kathy Kimball (left).
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Representatives from Dartmouth College, UNH, and advocacy groups joined Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster for a roundtable discussion about campus sexual assault today.  The event at UNH Law in Concord focused on new legislation introduced in the US Senate.

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NH News
1:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein at an event in Nashua.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Former Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney has endorsed New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

In a statement, the former Massachusetts governor praised Havenstein’s leadership abilities, pointing to his tenure as the CEO of BAE Systems.

Havenstein is running against Republican activist Andrew Hemingway, who led Tea Party protests against Romney in the last election.

The two will face off in a September 9th primary.

The winner will face Governor Maggie Hassan in the November general election.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Walt Havenstein Targets Business Profits Tax For Reductions

Walt Havenstein unveiled his economic plan in a conference room at a Millyard tech company (Herrick Tech Labs) which split off from Sanders.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein says lowering the state’s business profits tax is part of his plan to create 25,000 new jobs by August 2017.

Walt Havenstein says under his plan, reducing the tax from 8.5% to 7.4% would take place over two budget cycles.

The former BAE CEO acknowledged it would cost the state $50 million in revenue in the first biennium, but says no spending cuts would be needed.

“Even at our meager, meager anemic growth rate, our growth rate will offset that particular reduction.”

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NH News
12:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Scott Brown Kicks Off Town Hall Meeting Series Tuesday In Salem

Scott Brown
Credit NHPR/Josh Rogers

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown will kick off a series of town hall meetings Tuesday night in Salem.

Brown, a former Massachusetts U.S. Senator, says Tuesday night’s discussion will focus on immigration, with each meeting focusing on a particular topic.

Brown is running against former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith and former state Senator Jim Rubens in the Republican primary on Sept. 9.

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