2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico

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All 3 New Mexico seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 2 1
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 422,189 343,269
Percentage 55.11% 44.81%
Swing Increase3.53% Decrease3.61%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and elected the three U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's three congressional districts. The elections coincided 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 -

District 1[edit]

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

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michelle Lujan Grisham 19,111 40.1
Democratic Eric Griego 16,702 35.0
Democratic Martin Chávez 11,895 24.9
Total votes 47,708 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Declared
Withdrew
Disqualified
Declined
  • Jon Barela, businessman and 2010 Republican nominee for New Mexico's 1st congressional district[11]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Janice Arnold-Jones 26,198 100.0
Total votes 26,198 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

New Mexico's 1st congressional district, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michelle Lujan Grisham 162,924 59.1
Republican Janice Arnold-Jones 112,472 40.8
Green Jeanne Pahls (write-in) 459 0.2
Total votes 275,855 100.0
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

Incumbent Republican Steve Pearce was elected in 2010, having previously served from 2003 until 2009. Pearce sought reelection in 2012.[12]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates
Disqualified
  • Frank McKinnon, businessman and 2008 candidate for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district[15][14]
Withdrew
Declined

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 24,175 100.0
Total votes 24,175 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (incumbent) 29,911 100.0
Total votes 29,911 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

New Mexico's 2nd congressional district, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (incumbent) 133,180 59.0
Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 92,162 40.9
Independent Jack A. McGrann (write-In) 173 0.1
Total votes 225,515 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

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

Democratic primary[edit]

Declared
  • Ben Lujan, incumbent
Disqualified

Primary results[edit]

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben R. Luján (incumbent) 53,908 100.0
Total votes 53,908 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Declared

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jefferson L. Byrd 13,055 53.5
Republican Frederick L. Newton 11,340 46.5
Total votes 24,395 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

New Mexico's 3rd congressional district, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Ray Luján (incumbent) 167,103 63.1
Republican Jeff Byrd 97,616 36.9
Total votes 264,719 100.0
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Statewide Results" (PDF). New Mexico Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-04.
  2. ^ Blake, Aaron (April 2, 2011). "Heinrich to run for Senate in New Mexico". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (June 29, 2011). "Ex-Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez Running in 1st District". Roll Call. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Miller, Sean J. (May 2, 2011). "Field grows in race for Heinrich's NM House seat". The Hill. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Lujan Grisham wins hotly contested CD-1 primary". KOAT-TV. June 6, 2012. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  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 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. Archived from the original on March 9, 2016. 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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