The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


New Hampshire

Incumbent: Maggie Hassan (D) newhampshire-stamp

Primary Election: September 14, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: Incumbent Running
RATING: Likely Democratic Retention

2006 Result: Lynch wins 74%-26%.
2008 Result:
Lynch wins 70%-28%.

New Hampshire Gubernatorial Headlines

John Lynch (i)

Frank Emiro
Jack Kimball
John Stephen
Karen Testerman

Local Blogs/Media
Blue Hampshire (progressive)
Front Door Politics

Public Policy Polling: Hassan riding high in NH, safe for 2014 re-election, 50-31% job approval rating (4/23/13)
Rasmussen: Hassan leads Lamontagne, 50-45% (11/5/12)
Rasmussen: Lamontagne slight edge in tossup race, 48-46% (10/28/12)
Rasmussen: Lamontagne now holds slim lead, 48-46% (10/18/12)
Rasmussen: Hassan slight lead over Lamontagne, 48-46% (10/14/12)
WMUR/Granite State: Gubernatorial race tight in New Hampshire, Hassan up 38-36% (10/2/12)
Rasmussen: Lamontagne leads Hassan 48-44% (9/22/12)
Public Policy Polling: Tight general election gubernatorial race, Dem primary a tossup, Ovide leads GOP race (8/15/12)
Rasmussen: Race for NH governor is wide open; All matchups are neck-and-neck (6/22/12)
WMUR/Granite State: Lynch still popular, other potential candidates relatively unknown (10/18/11)
WMUR/Granite State: Lynch approval rating remains strong at 66% (2/7/11)
Strategic National: Ovide Lamontagne leads GOP guber prospects (1/24/11)
Rasmussen: Lynch’s lead over Stephen shrinks, 51-47% (10/27/10)
WMUR/Granite State: Lynch holds 17-point lead over Stephen, 51-34% (9/29/10)
ARG: Lynch-Stephen contest now a tossup, Lynch 42%, Stephen 40%, Undecided 14% (9/27/10)
Public Policy Polling: Lynch still up by double digits, leads 51-39% (9/16/10)
Rasmussen: Stephen narrows gap, trails Lynch 48-46% (9/15/10)
Rasmussen: Lynch again above 50% threshold, leads Stephen 50-39 (8/5/10)
WMUR/Granite State: In tough year for NH Dems, Lynch still looks strong (7/30/10)
PPP: Lynch surging to reelection (7/29/10)
Rasmussen: Lynch with double-digit lead over Stephen, 47-35 (5/26/10)
WMUR/Granite State: Lynch job approval high, has strong leads (5/3/10)
WMUR/Granite State: GOP resurgent in federal races (4/29/10)
PPP: Lynch leads all (mostly unkown) GOPers (4/23/10)
Rasmussen: Lynch still leading, although below 50 against Stephen (4/7/10)
Rasmussen: Lynch holds strong leads over three challengers (3/11/10)
Rasmussen: Lynch holds comfortable leads in any potential matchup (Sept 16, 2009)

State Resources:
NH SecState Elections Division