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New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Steve Pearce Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Pearce Republican Party
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New Mexico U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Steve Pearce won the election.[1]
This was the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 20, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Mexico has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party may vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 8. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

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.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Evelyn Madrid Erhard
Republican Party Steve Pearce Green check mark transparent.png

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Note: Frank McKinnon withdrew before the primary.[5]

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 40.9% 92,162
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce Incumbent 59.1% 133,180
     Write-In Jack McGrann 0.1% 173
Total Votes 225,515
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.

Registration statistics

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[7]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 2 364,370 161,686 130,490 72,194 Democratic 23.91% -7.13%
"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.

District partisanship

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.[8]

  • 2012: 45D / 55R
  • 2010: 46D / 54R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

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).[9]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Steve Pearce was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth non-consecutive term. He defeated Harry Teague (D).[10]

United States House, New Mexico General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce 55.4% 94,053
     Democratic Harry Teague 44.6% 75,708
Total Votes 169,761

See also