United States presidential election in New Mexico, 2000

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United States presidential election in New Mexico, 2000

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  Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg GeorgeWBush.jpg
Nominee Al Gore George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Tennessee Texas
Running mate Joe Lieberman Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 5 0
Popular vote 286,783 286,417
Percentage 47.91% 47.85%

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County Results
  Gore—70-80%
  Gore—60-70%
  Gore—50-60%
  Gore—<50%
  Bush—<50%
  Bush—50-60%
  Bush—60-70%
  Bush—70-80%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 7, 2000, and was part of the 2000 United States presidential election. Voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by Vice President Al Gore by a 0.06 percent margin. It was the closest state in the entire election with respect to actual vote differential (366 votes), closer even than Florida. The news outlets called New Mexico for Gore at approximately 10:21 p.m. (EST),[1] but later retracted the call when it was determined to be too close to call.[2]

Gore was not declared the winner of the state until November 17.[3] Gore carried the northern part of the state, home of the 3rd district. Bush carried the southern part of the state, which is home of the 2nd district. The central part of the state, home of the 1st district, was won by Gore with a slim 48%-47% margin.[4][5]

In the days following the election, when the disputes and recounts began, New Mexico, despite having a razor-thin margin, went largely ignored. Its five electoral votes alone would not have changed the overall outcome in the Electoral College if it were switched from Gore to Bush or vice versa.[6][7] The respective campaigns ended up paying little attention to recount efforts in New Mexico, and focused their efforts solely on Florida. Likewise, the media focused very little on the New Mexico recount. After the final count was certified for Gore on November 30,[7] the Bush campaign did not challenge the results.[7] This would also be the first election in which New Mexico failed to vote for the winning candidate since 1976.

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in New Mexico, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Al Gore Joe Lieberman 286,783 47.9% 5
Republican George W. Bush Dick Cheney 286,417 47.9% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 21,251 3.6% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Art Olivier 2,058 0.3% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 1,392 0.2% 0
Natural Law John Hagelin Mary Alice Herbert 361 0.1% 0
Constitution Howard Phillips Michael Peroutka 343 0.1% 0
Totals 598,605 100.00% 3
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 46%/61%

Results by county[edit]

Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
Democratic
George Walker Bush
Republican
Ralph Nader
Green
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin
County % # % # % # % # % #
San Miguel 71.39% 6,540 24.18% 2,215 3.76% 344 0.68% 62 47.21% 4,325
Taos 64.61% 7,039 25.19% 2,744 9.77% 1,064 0.44% 48 39.42% 4,295
Rio Arriba 67.53% 8,169 28.89% 3,495 3.12% 377 0.46% 56 38.64% 4,674
Santa Fe 64.72% 32,017 28.25% 13,974 6.50% 3,215 0.54% 265 36.47% 18,043
Mora 66.45% 1,456 30.49% 668 2.24% 49 0.82% 18 35.97% 788
McKinley 64.75% 10,281 31.93% 5,070 2.47% 392 0.86% 136 32.82% 5,211
Guadalupe 65.17% 1,076 33.19% 548 1.45% 24 0.18% 3 31.98% 528
Cibola 58.23% 4,127 38.83% 2,752 2.31% 164 0.63% 45 19.40% 1,375
Grant 50.47% 5,673 44.13% 4,961 4.71% 530 0.68% 77 6.33% 712
Doña Ana 51.26% 23,912 45.58% 21,263 2.48% 1,158 0.69% 320 5.68% 2,649
Bernalillo 48.68% 99,461 46.62% 95,249 4.05% 8,274 0.65% 1,335 2.06% 4,212
Socorro 48.26% 3,294 46.48% 3,173 4.09% 279 1.17% 80 1.77% 121
Colfax 48.58% 2,653 47.61% 2,600 2.98% 163 0.82% 45 0.97% 53
Sandoval 46.92% 14,899 48.57% 15,423 3.81% 1,211 0.70% 222 -1.65% -524
Valencia 45.93% 9,819 50.54% 10,803 2.88% 615 0.65% 140 -4.60% -984
Hidalgo 45.75% 839 52.02% 954 1.53% 28 0.71% 13 -6.27% -115
Luna 44.99% 2,975 51.35% 3,395 2.81% 186 0.85% 56 -6.35% -420
Los Alamos 40.60% 4,149 55.03% 5,623 3.22% 329 1.15% 117 -14.43% -1,474
Eddy 39.96% 7,108 58.10% 10,335 1.44% 256 0.49% 88 -18.14% -3,227
Torrance 37.66% 1,868 58.29% 2,891 3.29% 163 0.77% 38 -20.63% -1,023
Quay 38.27% 1,471 59.63% 2,292 1.33% 51 0.78% 30 -21.36% -821
Sierra 36.83% 1,689 59.33% 2,721 2.88% 132 0.96% 44 -22.50% -1,032
Harding 36.09% 214 61.72% 366 1.52% 9 0.67% 4 -25.63% -152
De Baca 35.54% 349 62.32% 612 1.22% 12 0.92% 9 -26.78% -263
San Juan 34.57% 11,980 61.85% 21,434 2.66% 923 0.92% 320 -27.28% -9,454
Chaves 34.93% 6,340 62.69% 11,378 1.69% 307 0.68% 124 -27.76% -5,038
Otero 33.73% 5,465 63.31% 10,258 2.09% 338 0.88% 143 -29.58% -4,793
Roosevelt 31.18% 1,762 66.57% 3,762 1.73% 98 0.51% 29 -35.39% -2,000
Lincoln 29.93% 2,027 65.83% 4,458 2.48% 168 1.76% 119 -35.90% -2,431
Curry 29.00% 3,471 69.35% 8,301 1.23% 147 0.42% 50 -40.35% -4,830
Lea 27.04% 3,855 71.25% 10,157 1.19% 169 0.53% 75 -44.21% -6,302
Union 25.75% 452 72.31% 1,269 1.08% 19 0.85% 15 -46.55% -817
Catron 20.63% 353 74.40% 1,273 3.33% 57 1.64% 28 -53.77% -920

Results by congressional district[edit]

Gore won 2 of 3 congressional districts.[8]

District Bush Gore Representative
1st 47% 48% Heather Wilson
2nd 54% 43% Joe Skeen
3rd 43% 52% Tom Udall

Electors[edit]

Technically the voters of New Mexico cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. New Mexico is allocated 5 electors because it has 3 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 5 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the most votes in the state is awarded all 5 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000[9] to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All were pledged to and voted for Gore and Lieberman:[10]

  1. Tom Atcitty
  2. Rick Blea
  3. Diane D. Denish
  4. Jeep Gilliland
  5. Mary Gail Gwaltney

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 Events Timeline - Election Night". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  2. ^ "2000 Events Timeline - Post-Election". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ Ferguson, Chaka (2000-11-18). "Gore Finally Wins in New Mexico". AP. Yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Presidential Results by Congressional District, 2000-2008". Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ "2000 Presidential General Election Results - New Mexico". Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Recounts might spread to New Mexico, Oregon". USA Today. 2000-11-13. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  7. ^ a b c "Bush decides against recount in New Mexico". CNN. 2000-12-09. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  8. ^ http://www.swingstateproject.com/diary/4161/
  9. ^ http://www.uselectionatlas.org/INFORMATION/ARTICLES/pe2000timeline.php
  10. ^ http://presidentelect.org/e2000.html