The 2004 New Hampshire gubernatorial race occurred on November 2, 2004, concurrent with that year's presidential election.
DemocratJohn Lynch, a multimillionaire businessman from
Hopkinton, defeated incumbent
Craig Benson of
Rye, winning a two-year term. Benson was the first New Hampshire governor in 78 years to lose reelection after one term. Lynch was sworn in on January 6, 2005.