New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 5, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: New Mexico has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.
- See also: New Mexico elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steve Pearce (R), who was first elected to the House in 2002.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District was located in the western portion of the state and included Cibola, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, Dona Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Valencia, Bernaillo, Guadalupe, De Baca, Chaves, Eddy, Lea, and Roosevelt counties.
Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.
General election candidates
June 5, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Evelyn Madrid Erhard||40.9%||92,162|
|Republican||Steve Pearce Incumbent||59.1%||133,180|
|Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in New Mexico
Following the results of the 2010 Census, New Mexico neither gained nor lost a seat, keeping its number of representatives at three.
As of October 25, 2012, District 2 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Mexico Secretary of State:
|New Mexico Congressional District 2|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.|
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. New Mexico's 2nd District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 45D / 55R
- 2010: 46D / 54R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+6, which was the 165 most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 59-41 percent over John Kerry (D).
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|United States House, New Mexico General Election, 2010|
- United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012
- Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed June 30, 2012
- New Mexico Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 29, 2012
- NMPolitics "Barela, Steinborn might join congressional races," accessed December 22, 2011
- Frank McKinnon website "Campaign 2012," accessed May 26, 2012
- NMPolitics "Pearce Cruising Toward Re-election," August 4, 2011
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Statistics Report," June 29, 2012
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Mexico," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"