Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Southwest Regional State Executive Officials

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December 14, 2012

By Jennifer Springer and Maresa Strano

Portal:State Executive Officials

MADISON, Wisconsin: It's an off-year for gubernatorial elections in Arizona and New Mexico, which means the region had all eyes fixed on the state executive races for public service commissioners, public regulation commissioners, and public education commissioners.

  • In Arizona, Karen Montoya and Valerie Espinoza won the District 1 and District 3 seats, respectively, on the Public Regulation Commission.[1] All five candidates - including the incumbents from Districts 8,9, and 10 - who ran for the Public Education Commission were unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, although a write-in challenger for the open District 3 Commissioner seat did emerge, sapping about 2% of the vote from Carmie Lynn Toulouse (D).[1] (See election vote boxes below)

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States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[2]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (non-partisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election. That number could become 35 if the Montana recount results show Juneau's challenger, Republican Sandy Welch, is the winner.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[3] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Non-partisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Non-partisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

Official results


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Arizona
See also: Arizona down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Arizona Corporation Commission General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Newman Incumbent 15.5% 868,726
     Democratic Sandra Kennedy Incumbent 15.4% 862,876
     Democratic Marcia Busching 13.8% 776,472
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 17.5% 979,034
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Burns 16.8% 943,157
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 16.7% 935,575
     Libertarian Christopher Gohl 2% 112,490
     Green Daniel Pout 1% 58,607
     Green Thomas Meadows 1.2% 67,950
     Write-in Various 0.1% 3,784
Total Votes 5,608,671
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.


New Mexico
See also: New Mexico state executive official elections, 2012
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Montoya 55% 94,526
     Republican Christopher Ocksrider 45% 77,256
Total Votes 171,782
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Espinoza 100% 127,569
Total Votes 127,569
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarmie Lynn Toulouse 97.6% 60,322
     Democratic Vanessa Leigh Gutierrez (Write-in) 2.4% 1,469
Total Votes 61,791
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames F. Conyers 100% 42,305
Total Votes 42,305
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVince N. Bergman Incumbent 100% 48,844
Total Votes 48,844
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Kennedy Shearman Incumbent 100% 35,889
Total Votes 35,889
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Carr Incumbent 100% 66,144
Total Votes 66,144
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


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