United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in New Mexico

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Udall Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in New Mexico will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Tom Udall's Democratic U.S. Senate seat does not appear to be in much danger. One general election poll showed Udall leading Republican challenger Allen Weh 53-33 percent. Furthermore, The Cook Political Report rates this seat as solid Democratic, so according to their analysis, it is unlikely that it will become competitive.[1] Although Weh has a reasonable amount of money with which to campaign, a significant portion of it has come from personal loans to his own campaign rather than from donors.[2] Additionally, Udall still holds a significant advantage in campaign finance. As of their April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, Udall held $3,117,813.70 in cash on hand to Weh's $205,569.05.

Whereas Udall ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, Weh had to compete with David Clements for the Republican nomination, which he won by a safe margin of victory. Weh was previously the chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, and he also served as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has placed emphasis in his campaign on veteran's affairs, and he has stated that the country needs more veterans and less lawyers involved in politics.[3] Udall, on the other hand, is a lawyer, and the major themes of his campaign include renewable energy and access to affordable healthcare.[4]

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: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Tom Udall (D). Udall was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Primary results

U.S. Senate, New Mexico Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Weh 63% 41,566
David Clements 37% 24,413
Total Votes 65,979
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Polls

General election polls

Tom Udall vs. Allen Weh
Poll Tom Udall Allen WehNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (March 20-23, 2014)
53%33%14%+/-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

Endorsements

Allen Weh

Weh has been endorsed by the following:

Campaign contributions

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Tom Udall

Tom Udall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]4/15/2013$352,569.29$979,996.68$(231,309.54)$919,256.43
July Quarterly[12]7/15/2013$919,256.43$874,584.26$(263,758.97)$1,530,081.72
October Quarterly[13]10/15/2013$1,530,081.72$642,240.33$(308,654.92)$1,863,667.13
Year-End Quarterly[14]12/31/2013$1,863,667$779,551$(312,793)$2,369,291
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$2,369,291.40$1,010,599.78$(262,077.48)$3,117,813.70
Running totals
$4,286,972.05$(1,378,593.91)

David Clements

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clements' reports.[16]

David Clements (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[17]January 28, 2014$0.00$19,664.21$(7,777.78)$11,886.43
April Quarterly[18]April 14, 2014$11,886.43$40,578.75$(44,967.93)$7,497.25
Running totals
$60,242.96$(52,745.71)

Allen Weh

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Weh's reports.[19]

Allen Weh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 9, 2014$0.00$413,965.52$(208,396.47)$205,569.05
Running totals
$413,965.52$(208,396.47)

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Martin Heinrich won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Heather Wilson and Jon Ross Barrie in the general election.

U.S. Senate, New Mexico General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin Heinrich 51% 395,717
     Republican Heather Wilson 45.3% 351,260
     Independent American Jon Ross Barrie 3.6% 28,199
Total Votes 775,176
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tom Udall won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Pearce (R) in the general election.[21]

U.S. Senate, New Mexico General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Udall 61.3% 505,128
     Republican Steve Pearce 38.7% 318,522
Total Votes 823,650

See also

External links

References

  1. The Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed June 30, 2014
  2. Federal Election Commission, "Allen Weh April Quarterly," accessed July 1, 2014
  3. Albuquerque Journal, "Weh’s win pits him against Sen. Udall," accessed July 1, 2014
  4. Tom Udall for U.S. Senate, "About Tom," accessed July 1, 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. 9.0 9.1 Associated Press, "New Mexico Summary Vote Results," June 3, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 New Mexico Telegram, "Romney, Huckabee endorse Weh," accessed July 1, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Udall For Us All April Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Udall For Us All July Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Udall For Us All October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Udall For Us All Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Udall For Us All April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "David Clements Summary Report," accessed May 5, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "David Clements Year-End," accessed May 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "David Clements April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Allen Weh Summary Report," accessed May 5, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Allen Weh April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013