Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: New Mexico Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|New Mexico’s Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
SANTA FE: New Mexico: There are 3 U.S. House seats and 1 U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in New Mexico in 2012. Heading into the general election on November 6, 2012, 100% of the congressional races are contested, meaning there are at least two candidates running in each of the two races. Both incumbents are running for re-election to the House.
Incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) is not running for re-election in 2012. Current U.S. House Representative for District 1 Martin Heinrich is running as the Democratic candidate. He faces Republican Heather Wilson and Independent Jon Ross Barrie on November 6, 2012. The race is considered competitive and is listed as Leaning Democrat according to a Cook Political Report Race Rating from October 4, 2012.
|State||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|New Mexico Class 1 Senate seat|| Martin Heinrich
Jon Ross Barrie
Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party holds two of three seats in New Mexico. Of the six possible major party primaries (2 parties, 3 seats), two (33%) were contested, well below the national average. Here are some highlights from the primary on June 5:
- In New Mexico's 1st District, Democrats sought to replace Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich, who is running for U.S. Senate this year. They chose Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham over state Senator Eric Griego and former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez. The race was close, but Grisham's 40% of the vote put her ahead of Griego's 35%.
- In New Mexico's 3rd District, Republicans voted for Jeff Byrd over Rick Newton. Byrd received 54% of the vote and will take on Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan.
Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in New Mexico:
- Candidates running by district
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Michelle Lujan Grisham
|2nd|| Evelyn Madrid Erhard
|3rd|| Ben Ray Lujan
|Ben Ray Lujan||Pending||Pending|
|Members of the U.S. House from New Mexico -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
| Congressional Redistricting Map, approved December 2011
For more information, view Redistricting in New Mexico.
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- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: New Mexico State Legislature
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
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- United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012
- New Mexico elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections