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New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Pearce Republican Party
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New Mexico U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Although The Cook Political Report rates Republican incumbent Steve Pearce's U.S. House seat as "Likely Republican," Pearce may face some challenges in his bid for re-election in 2014.[1] Pearce is currently the only Republican member of the U.S. Congress in New Mexico, with both other Representatives and both Senators belonging to the Democratic party.[2] He is also the only Republican to hold a seat in a district on the U.S.-Mexico border.[3] Nevertheless, Pearce has held his seat since 2003, with a break from 2009-2010, when he ran an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate.[4]

In 2012, Pearce defeated his Democratic challenger, Evelyn Madrid Erhard, without much difficulty, winning by an 18.2 percent margin of victory. However, Erhard also raised less than $100,000 in campaign contributions all election. In contrast, Pearce's 2014 challenger Roxanne "Rocky" Lara had already raised $571,983.86 by the 2014 April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports. Pearce still leads in terms of money raised, with $1,149,383.28 in total contributions, but Lara has enough to run a much stronger campaign than her 2012 counterpart. In addition, both Pearce and Lara ran uncontested in their respective primary elections on June 3, 2014, so both candidates have been able to focus exclusively on the general election.

Pearce's greatest opposition stems from his views on immigration reform. In a border state, Democrats supporting total amnesty are popular among voters. Pearce, on the other hand, "is opposed to giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become US citizens and favors a guest worker program instead."[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New Mexico is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 7, 2014 (voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election).[8]

See also: New Mexico elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Steve Pearce (R), who was first elected in 2010.

New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Cibola, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, Dona Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Valencia, Bernaillo, Guadalupe, De Baca, Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

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Endorsements

Roxanne Lara

Roxanne Lara has received the following endorsements:

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Jumpstart program

Roxanne Lara is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[15]

Campaign contributions

Steve Pearce

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pearce's reports.[16]

Steve Pearce (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 12, 2013$598,927.07$94,179.85$(87,193.69)$605,913.23
July Quarterly[18]July 12, 2013$605,913.23$204,335.80$(52,218.32)$758,030.71
October Quarterly[19]October 11, 2013$758,030.71$356,080.18$(60,165.31)$1,053,945.58
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$1,054,295$132,092$(93,029)$1,093,158
April Quarterly[21]April 14, 2014$1,093,158.35$362,695.45$(75,272.46)$1,380,581.34
Running totals
$1,149,383.28$(367,878.78)

Roxanne Lara

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lara's reports.[22]

Roxanne Lara (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0.00$101,684.77$(236.23)$101,448.54
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$101,448.54$163,039.86$(37,446.42)$227,041.98
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$227,041.98$307,259.23$(90,068.33)$444,232.88
Running totals
$571,983.86$(127,750.98)

Leslie Endean-Singh

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Endean-Singh's reports.[26]

Leslie Endean-Singh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[27]August 14, 2013$0.00$10,677.00$(1,185.27)$9,492.73
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$9,492.73$79,560.00$(11,197.97)$77,853.76
Year-End[29]January 31, 2014$77,853.76$48,625.00$(33,573.41)$92,905.35
April Quarterly[30]March 31, 2014$92,905.35$5,496.76$(57,053.62)$41,348.49
Running totals
$144,358.76$(103,010.27)


District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Steve Pearce (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Evelyn Madrid Erhard in the general election.

U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 40.9% 92,162
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce Incumbent 59.1% 133,180
     Write-In Jack McGrann 0.1% 173
Total Votes 225,515
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Steve Pearce won election to the United States House. He defeated Harry Teague (D) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce 55.4% 94,053
     Democratic Harry Teague 44.6% 75,708
Total Votes 169,761

See also

External links

References

  1. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 7, 2014
  2. New Mexico Secretary of State, "2013 Roster of Elected Officials," accessed July 7, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 KRWG, "Steve Pearce Is The Only Republican Holding A Congressional District On The US-Mexico Border," accessed July 7, 2014
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "PEARCE, Stevan, (1947 - )," accessed July 7, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. New Mexico Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. New Mexico Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 29, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Associated Press, "New Mexico Summary Vote Results," June 3, 2014
  11. The Farmington Daily-Times, "Roxanne Lara puts in bid for Congress," September 3, 2013
  12. Leslie Endean-Singh for Congress 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 4, 2013
  13. New Mexico Watchdog, "It will be Rocky Lara vs. Steve Pearce in November," accessed May 29, 2014
  14. New Mexico Telegram, "Lara endorsed by Blue Dog Democrats," accessed July 14, 2014
  15. The Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," September 9, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Pearce Summary Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce April Quarterly," accessed May 1, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Roxanne Lara Summary Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Lara for New Mexico October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Lara for New Mexico Year-End," accessed May 1, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Lara for New Mexico April Quarterly," accessed May 1, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Leslie Endean-Singh Summary Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Committee to Elect Leslie to Congress July Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Committee to Elect Leslie to Congress October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Committee to Elect Leslie to Congress Year-End," accessed May 1, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Committee to Elect Leslie to Congress April Quarterly," accessed May 1, 2014
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013