Rick Newton

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Rick Newton
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Mexico, District 3
Campaign website
Rick Newton was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico. He lost in the primary.[1]


Newton has worked as a small-businessman and management consultant.[2]


Campaign themes


According to his website, Newton's campaign platforms included the following issues[3]:

  • "Fair Tax" national sales tax replacing income taxes
  • Energy independence and alternative fuels
  • Charter schools and teacher merit rewards



See also: New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Newton ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Mexico's 3rd District. He lost to Jeff Byrd in the June 5 Republican primary.[1]

While Newton and Byrd agreed on many issues, Byrd supports Social Security privatization while Newton called for using proceeds from oil drilling on federal lands to pay for the program.[4] Newton wanted a national sales tax, in contrast to Byrd's preference for a flat income tax rate.[5][6]

New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Byrd 53.5% 13,055
Rick Newton 46.5% 11,340
Total Votes 24,395

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