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

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 will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and Lieutenant Gov. John Sanchez (R) are seeking re-election. Martinez and Sanchez face the Democratic ticket of Gary King and Debra Haaland in the general election. The gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates for each party are voted on as single tickets rather than separate candidates in the general election. The winners of the general election will serve concurrent four-year terms in office.

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.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Susana Martinez/John Sanchez- Incumbent
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

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% 43,609
Howie Morales 14.3% 17,775
Alan Webber 22.6% 28,198
Lawrence Rael 19.8% 24,677
Linda Lopez 8.2% 10,233
Mario Martinez 0% 16
Phillip Chavez 0% 15
Total Votes 124,523
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99 precincts reporting.


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 will 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 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.

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 is symbolic of her fundraising advantage with the Republican incumbent receiving 24 times more contributions than King at the beginning of September.[14]

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

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