New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Steve Pearce Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Pearce Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[3]


New Mexico U.S. House Elections
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2014 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 4, 2014. Incumbent Rep. Steve Pearce (R) defeated Roxanne Lara (D) in the general election.

The Cook Political Report rated Pearce's U.S. House seat as "Likely Republican."[4] Pearce was the only Republican member of the U.S. Congress in New Mexico, with both other Representatives and both Senators belonging to the Democratic party.[5] He was also the only Republican to hold a seat in a district on the U.S.-Mexico border.[6] Nevertheless, Pearce had held his seat since 2003, with a break from 2009-2010, when he ran an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate.[7]

In 2012, Pearce defeated his Democratic challenger, Evelyn Madrid Erhard, without much difficulty, winning by an 18.2 percent margin of victory. However, Erhard also raised less than $100,000 in campaign contributions all election. In contrast, Pearce's 2014 challenger Lara had already raised $571,983.86 by the 2014 April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports. Pearce still led in terms of money raised, with $1,149,383.28 in total contributions, but Lara had enough to run a much stronger campaign than her 2012 counterpart. In addition, both Pearce and Lara ran uncontested in their respective primary elections on June 3, 2014, so both candidates were able to focus exclusively on the general election.

Pearce's greatest opposition stemmed from his views on immigration reform. Being in a border state, many voters supported total amnesty. Pearce, on the other hand, was "opposed to giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become US citizens and favors a guest worker program instead."[6]

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.[8][9][10]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 7, 2014 (voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election).[11]

See also: New Mexico elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steve Pearce (R), who was first elected in 2010.

New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Cibola, Catron, Socorro, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, Dona Ana, Otero, Lincoln, Valencia, Bernaillo, Guadalupe, De Baca, Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties.[12]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

General election

U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce Incumbent 64.4% 95,209
     Democratic Roxanne "Rocky" Lara 35.5% 52,499
     Write-in (R) Jack A. McGrann (write-in) 0% 69
Total Votes 147,777
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State

Endorsements

Roxanne Lara

Roxanne Lara received the following endorsements:

Race background

Jumpstart program

Roxanne Lara was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[18]

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[19] Pearce joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[20][21]

Campaign contributions

Steve Pearce

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pearce's reports.[22]

Steve Pearce (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 12, 2013$598,927.07$94,179.85$(87,193.69)$605,913.23
July Quarterly[24]July 12, 2013$605,913.23$204,335.80$(52,218.32)$758,030.71
October Quarterly[25]October 11, 2013$758,030.71$356,080.18$(60,165.31)$1,053,945.58
Year-End Quarterly[26]January 29, 2014$1,054,295.58$132,092.00$(93,229.23)$1,093,158.35
April Quarterly[27]April 14, 2014$1,093,158.35$362,695.45$(75,272.46)$1,380,581.34
Pre-Primary[28]May 22, 2014$1,380,581.34$102,558.00$(132,997.97)$1,350,141.37
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2014$1,350,141.37$186,643.2$(68,900.99)$1,467,883.58
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2014$1,467,883.58$501,037.69$(810,770.10)$1,158,151.17
Pre-General[31]October 22, 2014$1,158,151.17$70,183.00$(567,549.59)$660,784.58
Running totals
$2,009,805.17$(1,948,297.66)

Roxanne Lara

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lara's reports.[32]

Roxanne Lara (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$0.00$101,684.77$(236.23)$101,448.54
Year-End[34]January 31, 2014$101,448.54$163,039.86$(37,446.42)$227,041.98
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$227,041.98$307,259.23$(90,068.33)$444,232.88
Running totals
$571,983.86$(127,750.98)

Leslie Endean-Singh

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Endean-Singh's reports.[36]

Leslie Endean-Singh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[37]August 14, 2013$0.00$10,677.00$(1,185.27)$9,492.73
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$9,492.73$79,560.00$(11,197.97)$77,853.76
Year-End[39]January 31, 2014$77,853.76$48,625.00$(33,573.41)$92,905.35
April Quarterly[40]March 31, 2014$92,905.35$5,496.76$(57,053.62)$41,348.49
Running totals
$144,358.76$(103,010.27)


District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Steve Pearce (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Evelyn Madrid Erhard in the 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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Steve Pearce won election to the United States House. He defeated Harry Teague (D) in the general election.[41]

U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 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

External links

References

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