New Mexico gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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New Mexico Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winners:
Gov. Susana Martinez Republican Party
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez Republican Party
Incumbents prior to election:
Gov. Susana Martinez Republican Party
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez Republican Party
Susana Martinez
John Sanchez
New Mexico State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor/Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Public Services Commissioner, Education Commissioner

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The New Mexico gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Governor Susana Martinez (R) and Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez (R) ran successfully for re-election. Martinez and Sanchez faced the Democratic ticket of Gary King and Debra Haaland in the general election. The gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates for each party were voted on as single tickets rather than separate candidates in the general election. Martinez and Sanchez won in the general election.

New Mexico utilizes a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Susana Martinez/John Sanchez- IncumbentsGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Gary King/Debra Haaland[4]

Disqualified

Democratic Party Marie Julienne[5]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Lawrence Rael - President of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce.[6]
Democratic Party Alan Webber - Santa Fe businessman[7]
Democratic Party Howie Morales - State Senator[8]
Democratic Party Linda Lopez - State Senator[9]
Democratic Party Mario Martinez Write-in[10]
Democratic Party Phillip Chavez Write-in[10]

Declined candidates

Democratic Party Tim Keller - State Senator[11]

Results

General election

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusana Martinez/John A. Sanchez Incumbent 57.2% 293,443
     Democrat Gary King/Debra Haaland 42.8% 219,362
Total Votes 512,805
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary

Gubernatorial

Republican PartyIncumbent Susana Martinez was uncontested in the primary.

Lieutenant gubernatorial

Republican PartyIncumbent John Sanchez was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Gubernatorial
Governor of New Mexico, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary King 35% 43,918
Alan Webber 22.7% 28,406
Lawrence Rael 19.8% 24,878
Howie Morales 14.2% 17,863
Linda Lopez 8.2% 10,288
Mario Martinez 0% 16
Phillip Chavez 0% 2
Total Votes 125,371
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.
Lieutenant gubernatorial

Democratic Party Challenger Debra Haaland was uncontested in the primary.

Race background

Campaign finance lawsuit

The gubernatorial race heated up in summer 2014 as Democratic candidate Gary King faced accusations of accepting excessive contributions following his primary election victory. Secretary of State Dianna Duran (R) directed King's campaign staff to deposit $10,900 in excessive contributions to the state elections fund by August 4. The order focused on $10,400 from a couple in Taos and $500 from a Santa Fe resident that pushed King's campaign over the $5,200 limit for the primary.[12]

King filed a lawsuit with the New Mexico Supreme Court on the due date contesting the secretary's order. He claimed that the contributions were acceptable as they would be used to eliminate his campaign's debt from the primary. King also criticized Duran for using her authority as secretary of state to advantage fellow Republican and incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez. His lawsuit also pointed out that Martinez and other candidates gathered contributions exceeding $5,200 ahead of the primary.[12] On August 14, Duran issued a letter to King stating that he could exceed the contribution limit for the primary election in order to pay down campaign debts. The secretary of state had proposed a similar policy in December 2013, which was never implemented for the 2014 election.[13]

Polls

General election

New Mexico Governor's Race 2014 - Martinez vs. King
Poll Susana Martinez * (R) Gary King (D)Undecided/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
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
50%38%12%+/-6962
Albuquerque Journal
(October 21-23, 2014)
53%38%9%+/-4614
AVERAGES 49.56% 39.78% 10.67% +/-4.16 733.33
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.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

Campaign media

Gary King


Gary King ad: Family

Susana Martinez


Susana Martinez ad: Good To Be The King

Susana Martinez ad: No Regrets

Susana Martinez ad: Insider Deals

Ad spending

At the beginning of September, Martinez held a significant fundraising and ad spending advantage over King. The Martinez campaign spent $1.7 million to air 3,700 TV ads through September 8, compared to a $400,000 ad buy for 800 ads by the King campaign. Martinez also received support from the Republican Governors Association, which spent $400,000 to attack King in 700 ads by early September. Martinez's clear advantage on the air was symbolic of her fundraising advantage with the Republican incumbent receiving 24 times more contributions than King at the beginning of September.[14]

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[15] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[16]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[17]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[18]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 11, 2014 Candidate filing deadline for primary
June 3, 2014 Primary election
June 26, 2014 Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 State canvassing of election results
January 1, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officers

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $10,539,527 during the election. This information was last updated on March 23, 2015.[19]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Susana Martinez/John Sanchez Republican Party New Mexico Governor/Lieutenant Governor Won $8,529,190
Gary King/Debra Haaland Democratic Party New Mexico Governor/Lieutenant Governor Defeated $2,010,337
Grand Total Raised $10,539,527

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See also

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References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Santa Fe New Mexican, "Attorney general Gary King to try again for governor job," July 10, 2012
  5. Roundhouse Roundup, "Democratic Lt. Gov. Candidate to Announce," November 27, 2013
  6. KOAT 7 ABC Albuquerque, Lawrence Rael announces gubernatorial candidacy, November 20, 2013
  7. Santa Fe New Mexican, Alan Webber joins race for New Mexico governor, October 28, 2013
  8. Deming Headlight, "Silver City Sen. Morales ponders run for Gov.," April 21, 2013
  9. Albuquerque Journal, "Sen. Lopez to run for governor," April 17, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 New Mexico Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List," accessed May 14, 2014
  11. Albuquerque Journal, "Sen. Tim Keller to run for state auditor, pass on 2014 gov’s race," May 30, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Modesto Bee, "Gary King files lawsuit over campaign money," August 4, 2014 (dead link)
  13. Albuquerque Journal, "For the secretary of state, another course change," August 18, 2014
  14. KRQE, "Governor outspends challenger 4-to-1 on TV ads," September 24, 2014
  15. United States Elections Project, "2014 November General Election Turnout Rates," November 7, 2014
  16. TIME, "Voter Turnout in Midterm Elections Hits 72-Year Low," November 10, 2014
  17. PBS, "2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years," November 10, 2014
  18. U.S. News & World Report, "Midterm Turnout Down in 2014," November 5, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "Overview of New Mexico 2014 elections," accessed March 27, 2015