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June 3, 2014

New Mexico

By Kristen Mathews

May 13, 2014 Election Preview
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*Governor of New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico: Of the seventeen state executive seats up for election in 2014, only four seats have contested primary races, two of those within the Public Regulation Commission. All of these contested races are between Democratic candidates, and only one incumbent, Commissioner Theresa Becenti-Aguilar is challenged.


Governor of New Mexico
See also: New Mexico Gubernatorial election, 2014

Incumbent Republican Susana Martinez is running for re-election in 2014 and uncontested in the primary. Of the potential match-ups between Martinez and different Democratic candidates, challenger Gary King has had the highest numbers in the limited amount of polling that has taken place so far.

Democratic Primary Candidates
Polls

General election

New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 - Martinez vs. King
Poll Susana Martinez Gary KingUndecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(July 13-16, 2012)
51%39%10%+/-3.6724
Public Policy Polling
(March 20-23, 2014)
47%42%11%+/-3.8674
Rasmussen Reports
(July 21-22, 2014)
43%43%14%+/-4860
Albuquerque Journal
(August 12-14, 2014)
50%41%9%+/-4606
Albuquerque Journal
(September 9-11, 2014)
54%36%10%+/-4603
Rasmussen Reports
(September 22-23, 2014)
50%37%13%+/-4830
Gravis Marketing
(September 27-October 1, 2014)
48%44%8%+/-4727
AVERAGES 49% 40.29% 10.71% +/-3.91 717.71
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Primary and hypothetical match-ups

New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 - Martinez vs. Lopez
Poll Susana Martinez Linda LopezNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(March 20-23, 2014)
50%36%15%+/-3.8674
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 - Martinez vs. Morales
Poll Susana Martinez Howie MoralesNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(March 20-23, 2014)
38%34%17%+/-3.8674
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 - Martinez vs. Rael
Poll Susana Martinez Lawrence RaelNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(March 20-23, 2014)
47%36%17%+/-3.8674
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 - Martinez vs. Balderas
Poll Susana Martinez Hector BalderasNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(July 13-16, 2012)
50%37%13%+/-3.6724
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

New Mexico Treasurer
See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Current incumbent, Democrat James B. Lewis is term limited and unable to seek reelection to his post. Two Democratic candidates have filed to take his place. Lone Republican Rick Lopez, deputy director of the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, is uncontested in the primary.[7]

Democratic Primary Candidates

Democratic Party Tim Eichenberg - former Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate representing District 15[8]
Democratic Party John Wertheim - Albuquerque lawyer and former Democratic Party Chairman[9]


New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner
See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Public Regulation Commission seats are up for election in Districts 2, 4 and 5. All three current incumbents are running. Only District 4 incumbent, Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, will face a challenge in the primary. District 2 Commissioner Republican Patrick H. Lyons is uncontested from either side. A Democratic contested primary will be held for District 5, the winner to face Republican Commissioner Ben L. Hall.

Candidates
Democratic Primary District 4 Candidates

Democratic Party Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent[6]
Democratic Party Edward Michael[6]
Democratic Party Lynda Lovejoy[6]

Democratic Primary District 5 Candidates

Democratic Party Merrie Soules[6]
Democratic Party Sandy Jones[6]


See also

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