This article presents an unbiased comparison of the political positions and policies of Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, the Democratic and Republican party candidates respectively for the 2012 gubernatorial elections in New Hampshire.
RESULT: Hassan defeated Lamontagne to win the election
Hassan represented the 23rd District from 2004 to 2010 and Lamontagne, a lawyer by profession, ran for 1996 gubernatorial elections and was nominated for the 2010 Senate elections before declaring his candidacy for governor in 2012.
Early Life and Career
Maggie Hassan earned her BA from Brown University and her JD from Northeastern School of Law. She has worked as an attorney and as Associate General Counsel for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was a State Senator from 2005-2010. She also served as Senate Majority Leader from 2008-2010.
Ovide Lamontagne was born in Manchester, NH, and earned his BA at The Catholic University of America. He taught social studies in high school before earning his JD from Wyoming College of Law. He worked for law firm Devine Millimet and served as counsel for the State Senate in 1991. He was the chair of the New Hampshire State Board of Education from 1993 to 1996, and ran for governor in 1996 and senator in 2010, although both attempts were unsuccessful. His involvement in government has only been bureaucratic; he has never held public office.
Differences in Economic Policy
Ovide Lamontagne opposes legal abortion. 
Ovide Lamontagne opposes gay marriage. 
Maggie Hassan aims to protect women’s access to birth control, including ensuring that it is covered by insurance. 
Ovide Lamontage has not commented on this issue.
Maggie Hassan has not commented on this issue.
Ovide Lamontagne believes that the right to bear arms is a fundamental human right. 
Ovide Lamontage aims to restore local control over education policy and funding. He wants to increase school choice and create partnerships between schools and businesses to ensure that students have the necessary skills for the workforce. 
Ovide Lamontagne wants to deregulate the energy industry and introduce free market reforms to lower energy costs. 
Maggie Hassan has not spoken on this issue.
Ovide Lamontagne aims to protect and promote New Hampshire’s natural resources while encouraging tourism. 
The first debate between Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan was held on September 27, 2012. The full video is presented below.
Opinion Poll Ratings
|Poll source|| Date(s)|
|Maggie Hassan (D)||Ovide Lamontagne (R)|
|American Research Group||October 9-11, 2012||40%||46%|
|WMUR/University of New Hampshire||October 1-6, 2012||30%||34%|
|WMUR/University of New Hampshire||September 27-30, 2012||38%||36%|
|Public Policy Polling||September 24-25, 2012||51%||44%|
|NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist College||September 23-25, 2012||47%||45%|
|Greenberg Quinlan Rosner||September 15-19, 2012||48%||46%|
|Rasmussen Reports||September 18, 2012||44%||48%|
|Public Policy Polling||August 9-12, 2012||45%||43%|
|WMUR/University of New Hampshire||August 1-12, 2012||31%||33%|
|Rasmussen Reports||June 20, 2012||36%||42%|
|Public Policy Polling||May 10-13, 2012||39%||40%|
|WMUR/University of New Hampshire||April 9-20, 2012||34%||29%|
|WMUR/University of New Hampshire||January 25-February 2, 2012||26%||32%|
|Public Policy Polling||June 30-July 5, 2011||35%||41%|