Only contested incumbent loses in primary: New Mexico state executive elections review

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June 4, 2014

New Mexico

By Kristen Mathews

June 3 Election Review
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Santa Fe, New Mexico: One contested incumbent loses, two former New Mexico Senators win and three different offices were up for election in the four contested Democratic primaries that took place on June 3, 2014. Primary voters decided on their candidates in the four contested Democratic races for Governor, Treasurer and Public Regulation Commissioners.
Public Regulation Commissioner Theresa Becenti-Aguilar lost in the primary for her district 4 seat. She was the only contested incumbent in the Democratic primaries. The only other office up for election with a Democratic incumbent was the Treasurer of New Mexico where incumbent James B. Lewis was term limited from seeking re-election. No Republican primaries were contested.
Former New Mexico Senators Tim Eichenberg and Lynda Lovejoy won their state executive primary elections yesterday. Eichenberg will go on to face Rick Lopez in the race for treasurer. Lovejoy stands uncontested for the general election as of June 4, but could face competition on November 4, if independent candidates file to meet the June 25th state deadline.[1]


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

Current Attorney General Gary King won the Democratic primary on June 3, and will face incumbent Republican Susana Martinez in the general election. Martinez was uncontested in the Republican primary.[1]

Going into the primary election on June 3rd, limited polling available matched Susana Martinez against different potential Democratic candidates. King posted the highest numbers against Martinez of all candidates polled but, at the closest, King polled at least 5 points behind, still outside the margin of error.

Democratic Primary Results
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.



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

Former New Mexico Senator Tim Eichenberg won the Democratic primary Tuesday against John Wertheim. The current incumbent, Democrat James B. Lewis is term limited and unable to seek re-election. Eichenberg will face Republican Rick Lopez, deputy director of the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, in the general election. Lopez was uncontested in the Republican primary.[2]

Democratic Primary Results
New Mexico Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Eichenberg 52.7% 59,241
John Wertheim 47.3% 53,175
Total Votes 112,416
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99 precincts reporting.



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

Three public regulation commission seats are up for election in 2014. Two of those positions held contested primaries on June 3. In District 4, Incumbent Theresa Becenti-Aguilar lost to former New Mexico Senator Lynda Lovejoy. Becenti-Aguilar was appointed to the commission in July of 2010 before going on to win an election for a full term that November. This was Lovejoy's first election since her loss in her re-election campaign for the state senate in 2012. In District 5, Sandy Jones squeaked by Merrie Soules to win the Democratic primary. Jones will face Republican Commissioner Ben L. Hall.[1]

Candidates
Democratic Primary District 4 Results
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 4, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Lovejoy 46.3% 9,807
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent 32.3% 6,839
Edward Michael 21.5% 4,546
Total Votes 21,192
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State.
Democratic Primary District 5 Results
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 5, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Jones 50.3% 9,887
Merrie Soules 49.7% 9,756
Total Votes 19,643
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State.

Complete Primary Results

Governor

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

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 Governor

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

Attorney General

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

Secretary of State

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

Treasurer

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

New Mexico Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Eichenberg 52.7% 59,241
John Wertheim 47.3% 53,175
Total Votes 112,416
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99 precincts reporting.

Auditor

Primary Results

Republican Primary

Democratic Primary

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands

Primary Results

Republican Primary

  • Republican Party Challenger Aubrey Dunn was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic Primary

  • Democratic Party Incumbent Ray Powell was uncontested in the primary.

Public Regulation Commissioner

Primary Results

District 2

Republican Primary
Democratic Primary

No Democratic candidates filed for the District 2 seat.

District 4

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 4 seat.

Democratic Primary
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 4, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Lovejoy 46.3% 9,807
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent 32.3% 6,839
Edward Michael 21.5% 4,546
Total Votes 21,192
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State.

District 5

Republican Primary
  • Republican Party Incumbent Ben L. Hall was uncontested in the primary.
Democratic Primary
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 5, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Jones 50.3% 9,887
Merrie Soules 49.7% 9,756
Total Votes 19,643
Election Results Via:New Mexico Secretary of State.

Education Commissioner

Primary Results

District 1

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 1 seat.

Democratic Primary

District 2

Republican Primary
Democratic Primary

No Democratic candidates filed for the District 2 seat.

District 3

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 3 seat.

Democratic Primary

District 4

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 4 seat.

Democratic Primary

District 5

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 5 seat.

Democratic Primary

District 6

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 6 seat.

Democratic Primary

District 7

Republican Primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 7 seat.

Democratic Primary


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