New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2006
|Elections in New Mexico|
The New Mexico gubernatorial election of 2006 was a race for the Governor of New Mexico held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic Governor Bill Richardson was running for re-election. He faced Republican John Dendahl in the general election and won by a landslide. As of 2017, this is the most recent election in which a Democrat won a gubernatorial race in New Mexico.
- Bill Richardson – Incumbent Governor; former Congressman, United States Secretary of Energy and United States Ambassador to the United Nations
- John Dendahl – a former state Republican party chair and cross-country skier in the 1968 Olympic Games, Dendahl was appointed by the Republican State Central Committee to replace the withdrawn candidate, their original nominee, J.R. Damron — a first-time candidate who won the June 6 Republican primary, but withdrew from the race after he failed to gain traction in fundraising and in the polls. Dendahl headed the New Mexico Republicans from 1994 to 2003, after finishing third in a four-way primary for governor in 1994
- James Damron – a physician with no prior political experience, Damron was unopposed in the primary, but withdrew from the race on June 17, 2006, due to a lack of fundraising.
Governor Bill Richardson's approval rating as of December 2006 was at 74%. 
|Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque||September 25–28, 2006||—||—||60%||28%||—||—|
|Rasmussen Reports||September 7, 2006||—||—||61%||26%||—||—|
|Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque||August 25–31, 2006||—||—||57%||28%||—||—|
|Rasmussen Reports||June 26, 2006||—||—||56%||32%||—||—|
|Democratic||Bill Richardson (inc.)||384,806||68.82%||+13.33%|