United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the three U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's three congressional districts. The elections will coincide with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election, and a U.S. Senate election.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012 [1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic 422,189 55.11% 2 2 -
Republican 343,269 44.81% 1 1 -
Independent (Write-In) 173 0.02% -
Green Party (Write-In) 459 0.06% -
Totals 766,090 100% 3 3 -

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District 1[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich, first elected in 2008, did not seek re-election, but will instead run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Bingaman.[2]

Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Bernalillo County Commissioner, won the Democratic nomination to succeed Heinrich.[3] She defeated former Albuquerque mayor Marty Chávez[4] and state Senator Eric Griego.[5]

Former state Representative Janice Arnold-Jones won the Republican nomination without opposition.[6][7]

Dan Lewis, a member of the Albuquerque City Council, had decided to seek the Republican nomination[8] but dropped out of the race in March 2012.[7] Army veteran Gary Smith had also decided to seek the nomination,[9] but was deemed ineligible and removed from the ballot in April 2012.[10] Businessman Jon Barela, who unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee in 2010 and now serves as secretary of the state's Economic Development Department, chose not to run.[11]

General Election Results[edit]

New Mexico 1st Congressional District 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michelle Lujan Grisham 162,924 59.06%
Republican Janice E.Arnold-Jones 112,473 40.77%
Green Jeanne Pahls (Write-In) 459 0.17%
Totals 275,856 100.0%


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District 2[edit]

Incumbent Republican Steve Pearce was elected in 2010, having previously served from 2003 until 2009. Pearce is seeking re-election.[12]

Evelyn Madrid Erhard, a former teacher at New Mexico State University, won the Democratic nomination unopposed to challenge Pearce.[13][14]

Frank McKinnon, a businessman who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2008, had also decided to seek the Democratic nomination,[15] but did not receive the required percentage of delegates at the pre-primary convention to qualify for the primary ballot.[14] Martin Resendiz, the mayor of Sunland Park, dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination in October 2011 following a scandal.[16] State Representative Nate Cote;[17] and former U.S. Representative Harry Teague, who represented the district from 2009 until 2011,[18] chose not to run.

General Election Results[edit]

New Mexico 2nd Congressional District 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (Incumbent) 133,180 59.06%
Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 92,162 40.87%
Independent Jack A. McGrann (Write-In) 173 0.8%
Totals 225,515 100.0%


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District 3[edit]

Incumbent Democrat Ben R. Luján was first elected in 2008. In April 2011 Luján declined to enter the U.S. Senate race, and instead chose to seek re-election to the House of Representatives.[19]

Sean Closson, an artist and hotel worker,[20] and former Santa Fe County Executive Harry Montoya,[21] had planned to challenge Luján in the Democratic primary; however, neither Closson nor Montoya received the required percentage of delegates at the pre-primary convention to qualify for the primary ballot.[14]

Rancher Jeff Byrd[22] defeated businessman Rick Newton[23] to win the Republican nomination to challenge Luján.[24]

General Election Results[edit]

New Mexico 3rd Congressional District 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben R. Lujan (Incumbent) 167,103 63.12%
Republican Jefferson L. Byrd 97,616 36.88%
Totals 264,719 100.0%


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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Statewide Results". New Mexico Secretary of State. 
  2. ^ Blake, Aaron (April 2, 2011). "Heinrich to run for Senate in New Mexico". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lujan Grisham wins hotly contested CD-1 primary". KOAT-TV. June 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (June 29, 2011). "Ex-Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez Running in 1st District". Roll Call. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Miller, Sean J. (May 2, 2011). "Field grows in race for Heinrich's NM House seat". The Hill. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Flores, Danielle (July 16, 2011). "Second Republican enters Congressional race". KOB. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Reichbach, Matthew (March 20, 2012). "Dan Lewis drops out of congressional race". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Haussamen, Heath (April 4, 2011). "Lewis formally enters congressional race". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (November 3, 2011). "Sierra Club Backs Eric Griego in New Mexico Primary". Roll Call. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Reichbach, Matthew (April 16, 2012). "CD1: District court judge takes Smith off GOP primary ballot". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ Haussamen, Heath (January 21, 2012). "Barela won't run for CD1 seat". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Pearce re-election committee has balance of $682K". Las Cruces Sun-News. April 17, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mesilla Democrat Seeks 2nd Congressional District Seat". Las Cruces Sun-News. Albuquerque Journal. December 1, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c Reichbach, Matthew (March 10, 2012). "Heinrich, Griego win pre-primaries, Balderas with a strong showing". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Democratic longshot takes on Steve Pearce". Capitol Report New Mexico. November 5, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sunland Park mayor won't run for Congress". Alamogordo Daily News. Associated Press. October 7, 2011. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ Haussamen, Heath (June 29, 2011). "Congressional run isn't likely, Cote says". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Harry Teague: I won't run again". Associated Press. KRQE. January 7, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ Catanese, David (April 25, 2011). "Ben Ray Lujan won't run for Senate". Politico. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  20. ^ Terrell, Steve (November 18, 2011). "Artist, hotel worker takes on Luján in Democratic primary". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ Haussamen, Heath (January 20, 2012). "Montoya to challenge Luján in CD3 Dem primary". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ Simonich, Milan (May 11, 2012). "Congressional candidate urges 2,000-mile barricade along US southern border". Carlsbad Current-Argus. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  23. ^ Terrell, Steve (October 31, 2011). "Security-tech entrepreneur seeks to challenge Rep. Luján". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  24. ^ AP results

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