Republican nominee for governor Walt Havenstein reflects on his election loss to Gov. Maggie Hassan

Nov 13, 2014 4:33 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Hassan-Havenstein governor's race spending near $6 million

CONCORD - The two candidates for governor probably spent close to $6 million between them but didn't set records for the office.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican nominee Walt Havenstein spent at least $5.5 million but had several hundred thousand dollars in the bank that they probably used as well.

That's $1.5 million more than what Hassan and GOP nominee Ovide Lamontagne went through in their 2012 runoff.

But that race set a record for total spending thanks to $17 million that the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations spent to try and influence the election.

In this race, the RGA weighed in with $3.2 million for Havenstein, almost all of it for attack ads labeling Hassan a liberal tax and spender.

Hassan is vice chairman of the DGA but the national group considered her a solid favorite and didn't weigh in this time. The DGA did spend $788,000 but none for Hassan but instead all the cash went to the New Hampshire Democratic Party to support the get out the vote effort.

Havenstein spent more than $2 million of his own money on the race.

The Democrats clearly had the advantage when it came to party committees.

The state party spent $1.2 million in the general election compared to the Republican State Committee that spent $335,300.

Likewise the Committee to Elect House Democrats spent $148,000 in the general election.

That's more than double the $65,000 for the House GOP counterpart.

The cash boost for Democrats didn't help as the voters tossed them out as the majority in the 400-person House.


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