New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2006

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New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2006

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Nominee Bill Richardson John Dendahl
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Diane Denish Sue Wilson Beffort
Popular vote 384,806 174,364
Percentage 68.8% 31.2%

New Mexico Governor Election Results by County, 2006.svg
County Results
Richardson:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Dendahl:      50–60%

Governor before election

Bill Richardson

Elected Governor

Bill Richardson

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.




  • 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skier in the 1968 Olympic Games, Dendahl was appointed by the Republican State Central Committee to replace the withdrawn candidate, their original nominee, J.R. Damron — a first-time candidate who won the June 6 Republican primary, but withdrew from the race after he failed to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

Former candidates[edit]

  • 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%. [1]

Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Richardson (D)
Dendahl (R)
Other Undecided
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%

Election results[edit]

New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bill Richardson (inc.) 384,806 68.82% +13.33%
Republican John Dendahl 174,364 31.18% -7.86%
Majority 210,442 37.63% +21.19%
Turnout 559,170
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]