New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Ben Ray Lujan Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ben Ray Lujan Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

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


New Mexico U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. In a rematch from the 3rd District's 2012 Congressional election, incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D) once again defeated Jefferson Byrd (R) in the general election.

Lujan defeated Byrd 63.1 to 36.9 percent in 2012, and Byrd's chances did not look much better in 2014.[4] As of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, Lujan had $589,544.99 in cash on hand compared to Byrd's $3,444.76. The Cook Political Report also rated Lujan's seat as "Solid Democratic," meaning that Lujan was highly unlikely to face a competitive race.[5]

The 3rd District's primary was uneventful, with Lujan easily defeating Robert Blanch in the Democratic primary and Byrd running unopposed for the Republican nomination.[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.[7][8][9]

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).[10]

See also: New Mexico elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ben Ray Lujan (D), who was first elected in 2008.

New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes San Juan, McKinley, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Taos, Mora, Colfax, San Miguel, Union, Harding, Quay and Curry counties.[11]

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 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan Incumbent 61.5% 113,249
     Republican Jefferson Byrd 38.4% 70,775
     Write-in (R) Thomas F. Hook (write-in) 0% 52
Total Votes 184,076
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State

Primary election

U.S. House, New Mexico District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan 87.6% 50,709
Robert Blanch 12.4% 7,207
Total Votes 57,916
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Campaign contributions

Ben Ray Lujan

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ben Ray Lujan's reports.[13]

Ben Ray Lujan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$314,480.27$155,200.00$(83,583.74)$386,096.53
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$386,096.53$167,759.00$(480,627.12)$473,228.41
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$473,228.41$117,058.00$(115,589.61)$474,696.80
Year-End Quarterly[17]December 31, 2013$474,696$119,173$(57,995)$515,875
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$515,875.03$138,702.64$(65,032.68)$589,544.99
Pre-Primary[19]May 22, 2014$589,544.99$77,215.00$(50,224.84)$616,535.15
July Quarterly (amended)[20]September 22, 2014$616,535.15$165,653.33$(200,622.65)$581,565.83
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2014$581,565.83$200,744.14$(135,409.61)$646,900.36
Running totals
$1,141,505.11$(1,189,085.25)

Jefferson Byrd

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

Jefferson Byrd (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 11, 2013$170.81$0.00$(17.17)$153.64
July Quarterly[24]October 6, 2013$164.48$260.00$(11.79)$412.69
October Quarterly[25]October 6, 2013$412.69$250.00$(11.25)$651.44
Year-End[26]January 7, 2014$651.44$690.00$(613.20)$728.24
April Quarterly[27]April 14, 2014$778.24$4,331.85$(1,665.33)$3,444.76
Running totals
$5,531.85$(2,318.74)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Ben Ray Lujan (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Jefferson Byrd in the general election.

U.S. House, New Mexico District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan Incumbent 63.1% 167,103
     Republican Jeff Byrd 36.9% 97,616
Total Votes 264,719
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ben Ray Lujan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Thomas E. Mullins (R) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, New Mexico District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan incumbent 57% 120,048
     Republican Thomas E. Mullins 43% 90,617
Total Votes 210,665

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election," accessed July 7, 2014
  5. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 7, 2014
  6. Associated Press, "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," accessed July 7, 2014
  7. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  10. New Mexico Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. New Mexico Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 29, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Associated Press, "New Mexico Summary Vote Results," accessed June 3, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Ray Lujan Summary Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "People for Ben April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "People for Ben July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "People for Ben October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "People for Ben Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Ray Lujan April Quarterly," accessed May 1, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Ray Lujan Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Ray Lujan July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Ray Lujan October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Jefferson Byrd Summary Report," accessed May 5, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Jefferson Byrd April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Jefferson Byrd July Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Jefferson Byrd October Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Jefferson Byrd Year-End," accessed May 5, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Jefferson Byrd April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013