United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012

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United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012
New Mexico
2006 ←
November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06) → 2018

  Martin Heinrich, official portrait, 112th Congress crop.jpg Heather Wilson official portrait.jpg
Nominee Martin Heinrich Heather Wilson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 395,717 351,260
Percentage 51.0% 45.3%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jeff Bingaman
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Martin Heinrich
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in New Mexico took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman decided to retire instead of running for re-election to a sixth term.[1] Democratic U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich won the open seat.

Background[edit]

Incumbent Jeff Bingaman won re-election to a fifth term with 70.61% of the vote against Allen McCulloch in the 2006 U.S. senatorial election in New Mexico.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Hector
Balderas
Martin
Heinrich
Other Undecided
Albuquerque Journal/Research & Polling May 21–24, 2012 741 ± 3.6% 26% 51% 23%
Public Policy Polling April 19–22, 2012 270 ± 6% 27% 51% 22%
Public Policy Polling December 10–12, 2011 309 ± 5.6% 30% 47% 23%
Magellan Strategies July 17–18, 2011 636 ± 3.9% 21% 54% 25%
Public Policy Polling June 23–26, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 24% 47% 29%

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin Heinrich 83,432 58.9%
Democratic Hector Balderas 58,128 41.1%
Totals 141,560 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bill
English
John
Sanchez
Greg
Sowards
Heather
Wilson
Other Undecided
Albuquerque Journal May 21–24, 2012 504 ± 4.4% 20% 66% 14%
Public Policy Polling December 10–12, 2011 300 ± 5.7% 3% 20% 6% 55% 16%
Magellan Strategies July 17–18, 2011 799 ± 3.5% 2% 21% 5% 56% 16%
Public Policy Polling June 23–26, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 4% 24% 8% 52% 12%
Magellan Strategies April 26–27, 2011 801 ± 3.5% 17% 2% 59% 11% 11%

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Heather Wilson 63,631 70.0%
Republican Greg Sowards 27,214 30.0%
Totals 90,845 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Debates[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Martin Heinrich (D) $3,883,992 $2,174,712 $1,763,753 $89,424
Heather Wilson (R) $4,048,847 $2,416,328 $1,632,517 $0
Jon Barrie (I) $705 $1,150 $0 $445
Source: Federal Election Commission[25][26][27]

Top contributors[edit]

[28]

Martin Heinrich Contribution Heather Wilson Contribution
League of Conservation Voters $108,634 Elliott Management Corporation $29,413
JStreetPAC $67,860 Mewbourne Oil Co $25,000
University of New Mexico $24,221 Kelly PAC $15,000
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd $23,000 Blue Cross & Blue Shield $14,050
Council for a Livable World $20,044 Devon Energy $13,250
National Rural Letter Carriers' Association $19,000 Murray Energy $12,800
Comcast Corporation $11,250 Yates Petroleum $12,600
Presbyterian Healthcare Services $11,150 Livingston Group $12,249
Intel Corp $10,500 Publix Super Markets $11,000
American Optometric Association $10,250 Westport Construction $10,500

Top industries[edit]

[29]

Martin Heinrich Contribution Heather Wilson Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $322,120 Retired $355,880
Retired $270,598 Oil & Gas $217,500
Lobbyists $156,480 Leadership PACs $206,225
Environmental organizations $145,365 Financial Institutions $163,888
Leadership PACs $100,000 Lobbyists $113,549
Health Professionals $95,729 Lawyers/Law Firms $106,852
Pro-Israel $83,860 Real Estate $95,990
Public Sector Unions $67,000 Misc Finance $72,407
Democratic/Liberal $64,300 Business Services $72,078
Casinos/Gambling $58,550 Mining $69,200

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Martin
Heinrich (D)
Heather
Wilson (R)
Other Undecided
Albuquerque Poll Journal October 23–25, 2012 662 ± 3.8% 50% 42% 3% 6%
Public Policy Polling October 23–24, 2012 727 ± n/a% 52% 44% 3%
Albuquerque Poll Journal October 9–11, 2012 658 ± 3.8% 48% 39% 4% 9%
Rasmussen Reports October 8, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 52% 39% 4% 5%
Public Policy Polling October 2–3, 2012 778 ± n/a% 51% 41% 8%
We Ask America September 25–27, 2012 1,258 ± 2.85% 52% 41% 7%
Public Policy Polling September 7–9, 2012 1,122 ± 2.9% 50% 41% 9%
Albuquerque Journal September 3–6, 2012 667 ± 3.8% 49% 42% 8%
Rasmussen Reports August 21, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 48% 41% 5% 7%
Public Policy Polling July 13–16, 2012 724 ± 3.6% 48% 43% 9%
Public Policy Polling April 19–22, 2012 526 ± 4.3% 48% 43% 9%
Rasmussen Reports April 3, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 46% 42% 7% 6%
Rasmussen Reports February 14, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 45% 43% 5% 7%
Public Policy Polling December 10–12, 2011 500 ± 4.4% 47% 40% 13%
Public Policy Polling June 23–26, 2011 732 ± 3.6% 47% 42% 11%
Public Policy Polling February 4–6, 2011 545 ± 4.2% 50% 39% 11%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Martin Heinrich 395,717 51.01 -19.81%
Republican Heather Wilson 351,295 45.28 +16.17
American Independent Jon Barrie 27,649 3.6
Write-In Write-In 617 0.08%
Majority 44,458 6.1%
Turnout 775,792

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cillizza, Chris (February 19, 2011). "Bingaman won't run for Senate in 2012". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (April 26, 2011). "Balderas Enters N.M. Senate Race Against Heinrich". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (April 2, 2011). "Heinrich Makes N.M. Senate Bid Official". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Haussamen, Heath (June 29, 2011). "Chávez is running for Congress; Denish isn’t". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Catanese, David (June 29, 2011). "Chavez sets up primary for Heinrich seat". Politico. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Andres Valdez Out of U.S. Senate Race". Associated Press. Albuquerque Journal. February 14, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Catanese, David (July 6, 2011). "Diane Denish endorses Balderas". Politico. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (July 6, 2011). "Denish to Endorse Balderas in N.M. Senate Primary". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Catanese, David (April 25, 2011). "Ben Ray Lujan won't run for Senate". Politico. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (December 6, 2011). "Martin Heinrich Nabs Raúl Grijalva’s Support in Senate Race". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Individual Endorsements". Martin Heinrich for Senate. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Announces New Endorsements in Key House, Senate Contests to End War on Women". NARAL Pro-Choice America. April 3, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Planed Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Martin Heinrich for U. S. Senate". Martin Heinrich for Senate. February 21, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Endorsements". Martin Heinrich for Senate. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Endorsements". Balderas for Senate 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Canvass of Returns of Primary Election Held on June 5, 2012 – State of New Mexico". Secretary of State of New Mexico. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ Haussamen, Heath (December 16, 2010). "Sowards announces candidacy for Senate". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b Haussamen, Heath (March 7, 2011). "Wilson formally enters U.S. Senate race". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Republican Candidate Bill English Withdraws from New Mexico U.S. Senate Race, Endorses Sowards". Tea Party Tribune. January 11, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  20. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (February 9, 2012). "Republican John Sanchez Drops New Mexico Senate Bid". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  21. ^ Burns, Peter (February 18, 2011). "Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will not run for Senate". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Pearce re-election committee has balance of $682K". Las Cruces Sun-News. April 17, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Endorsements". Heather Wilson for United States Senate. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  24. ^ Peters, Joey (January 5, 2012). "Independent With Libertarian Bent Announces Bid For US Senate". Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  25. ^ Heinrich Campaign Finances
  26. ^ Wilson Campaign Finances
  27. ^ Barrie Campaign Finances
  28. ^ Top Contributors 2012 Race: New Mexico Senate, Center for Responsive Politics
  29. ^ Donors by Industries (opensecrets.org)

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites