Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: New Mexico State Legislature

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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

New Mexico's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
42 19 (45.2%) 70 35 (50.0%)

Santa Fe: New Mexico: There are 112 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in New Mexico, where polling places are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mountain Time.

Both chambers are currently controlled by Democrats, but the House, with a 36-33 Democratic majority, is seen as having the potential to flip to Republicans. The Senate is 28-14 in favor of Democrats.

Of the 112 incumbents up for election in 2012, 91 (81.3%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 54 of 112 (48.2%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • District 17: In the 2008 Democratic primary, Timothy M. Keller defeated then-incumbent Shannon Robinson in a rough campaign. In 2012, Robinson has avowed to defeated Keller, but this time, as a Republican. The two will face off in the general election on November 6.[1]
  • District 29: Incumbent Michael Sanchez (D) will face state house District 7 incumbent David Chavez (R) in the general election. The race is a rematch of a 2000 state senate race, won by Sanchez.[2] Republican-backed PACs have been spending heavily to defeat Sanchez.[3]
  • District 32: Money has been pouring in to help Tea Party challenger Cliff R. Pirtle defeated longtime incumbent Timothy Z. Jennings (D). Jennings is a popular moderate Democrat in a generally conservative district.[3]


New Mexico State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 14 17
Total 42 42

New Mexico House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 36 38
     Republican Party 33 30
     Independent 1 0
Total 70 70


See also

New Mexico