New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2010

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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010


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In the New Mexico Secretary of State election of 2010 held on November 2, 2010, Democratic incumbent Mary Herrera fell to Republican challenger Dianna Duran in the general election. Neither candidate was opposed in the June 1 primary election.

Race tracking

Ballotpedia declared the Secretary of State race in New Mexico to be a toss up.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for New Mexico Secretary of State
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Toss-up
Overall Call Toss-up

General election

Results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[1]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Dianna Duran 57.5%
     Democratic Party Mary Herrera 42.5%
Total Votes 594,170

Finances

According to the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System, as of October 28, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Dianna Duran Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [2] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
September 7 - October 4, 2010[3] October 12, 2010 $35,891.48 $54,121.62 $4,263.39 $0.00 $5,022.26 $84,990.84
July 2 - September 6, 2010[4] September 13, 2010 $20,207.21 $29,070.00 $1,288.36 $0.00 $13,385.73 $35,891.48
Mary Herrera Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [2] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
September 7 - October 4, 2010[5] October 12, 2010 $74,465.04 $9,425.00 $4,086.50 $0.00 $32,489.71 $51,400.33
July 2 - September 6, 2010[6] September 13, 2010 $51,484.73 $28,681.00 $3,362.00 $0.00 $5,700.69 $74,465.04

Endorsements

Dianna Duran

Mary Herrera

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 Secretary of State elections

Public Opinion Strategies Poll

Public Opinion Strategies, a national political and public affairs research firm, surveyed 800 likely voters from across New Mexico between October 14 and 18, 2010. The polling data shows State Senator Dianna Duran with a commanding lead over Democratic incumbent Mary Herrera in the secretary of the state contest. What makes Duran's advantage all the more impressive is that not only is she leading among independents (38%-26%), but also with Democrats.

Public Opinion Strategies Poll - October 14 - 18, 2010[14]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Dianna Duran (R) 49%
Mary Herrera (D) 34%
Undecided 17%
Total voters 800

June 1, 2010 primaries

See also: New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2010; New Mexico Attorney General election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Finances

According to the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for Herrera:

Mary Herrera Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [2] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
May 25 - June 25, 2010[16] July 1, 2010 $47,833.39 $4,225.00 $730.00 $0.00 $573.66 $51,484.73
May 3 - May 25, 2010[17] May 27, 2010 $43,118.39 $4,715.00 $760.00 $0.00 $0.00 $47,833.39
April 5 - May 3, 2010[18] May 10, 2010 $42,910.75 $987.00 $500.00 $0.00 $779.36 $43,118.39
January 1 - April 5, 2010[19] April 13, 2010 $33,459.03 $17,086.00 $9,590.00 $0.00 $7,634.28 $42,910.75

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Finances

According to the New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for Duran:

Dianna Duran Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [2] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
May 25 - June 25, 2010[21] July 1, 2010 $8,445.95 $14,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,738.74 $20,207.21
May 3 - May 25, 2010[22] May 27, 2010 $1,924.27 $8,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,978.32 $8,445.95
April 5 - May 3, 2010[23] May 10, 2010 $1,342.07 $2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,417.80 $1,924.27
January 1 - April 5, 2010[24] April 12, 2010 $0.00 $2,867.44 $0.00 $0.00 $1,525.37 $1,342.07

Controversies

Misconduct accusations

New Mexico

In March 2010, State Attorney General Gary King launched his investigation into allegations that Herrera solicited "donations from companies that contract with her office and ordered some of her employees to gather signatures on petitions for her re-election campaign."[25] The source of the accusations is a scathing resignation letter written by A. J. Salazar, a former deputy district attorney who, after only eleven months on the job, quit after having discovered what a "crooked organization" the secretary of state's office was.[26] Herrera, while denying this and other insinuations made by Salazar, argued that the real "reason he left the office was because he wanted Spring Break off and he didn’t want to go to work."[27]

Portions of the letter were first published by The Albuquerque Journal and the full context of it was later released to the public through the Rio Grande Sun. Despite numerous requests from local media outlets for the release of the letter, the Secretary of State's Office refused to do so, claiming that it was a personnel matter and that the email resignation did not qualify under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.[28] The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, however, disagrees with this assessment. Finally, a little over two weeks after Salazar resigned from office, Herrera's Office released a heavily red-acted version of his letter.[29]

Nearly five months after the case was first brought to the attention of the State Attorney General's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was brought in to determine whether or not Gary King "attempted to cover up allegations of wrongdoing."[30] In addition to Salazar, requests for federal involvement were made by Manny Vildasol and James Flores, both of whom worked in the Secretary of State's Office, as office manager and public information officer respectively.

See also

External links

General Election candidates

References

  1. New Mexico Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  3. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Dianna Duran Second General Report 2010 (dead link)
  4. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Dianna Duran First General Report 2010 (dead link)
  5. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Mary Herrera Second General Report 2010 (dead link)
  6. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Mary Herrera First General Report 2010 (dead link)
  7. Albuquerque Journal, "Endorsements for Three Statewide Races" 10 Oct. 2010 (dead link)
  8. New Mexico Independent, "Journal endorses Duran, Chandler, Balderas in SOS, AG, Auditor races" 11 Oct. 2010 (timed out)
  9. Right to Life Committee of New Mexico - 2010 Candidate Endorsements (dead link)
  10. AFSCME Council 18 "AFSCME PEOPLE Endorse Diane Denish" 8 April, 2010
  11. 11.0 11.1 Re-elect Mary Herrera for Secretary of State - Endorsements for Mary Herrera Secretary of State (dead link)
  12. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  13. SEA-CWA News, "NMFL, AFL-CIO Endorsement Throws Labor’s Weight Behind Lt. Governor Diane Denish and Brian Colon" 1 July, 2010 (dead link)
  14. Public Opinion Strategies, "Key Findings from Statewide Tracking" 19 Oct. 2010
  15. Roots Wire, "Re-Election Campaign Kickoff for NM Secretary of State Mary Herrera" 15 April, 2009
  16. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Mary Herrera Fourth Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  17. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Mary Herrera Third Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  18. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Mary Herrera Second Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  19. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Mary Herrera First Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  20. The New Mexico Independent, "Sen. Dianna Duran to run for Secretary of State" 9 Feb. 2010
  21. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Dianna Duran Fourth Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  22. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Dianna Duran Third Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  23. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Dianna Duran Second Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  24. New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System - Dianna Duran First Primary Report 2010 (dead link)
  25. The Santa Fe New Mexican, "Resignation letter rips Secretary of State Mary Herrera" 4 March, 2010 (dead link)
  26. New Mexico Independent, "Herrera runs ‘a crooked organization,’ former elections head claims" 4 March, 2010
  27. New Mexico Independent, "Herrera says Salazar resigned because she denied leave request" 11 March, 2010 (timed out)
  28. New Mexico Independent, "SOS refuses to release Salazar’s resignation letter" 4 March, 2010
  29. New Mexico Independent, "SOS releases redacted version of Salazar’s resignation letter" 19 March, 2010
  30. New Mexico Independent, "King attempted cover up of allegations against Herrera, attorney says" 27 Aug. 2010 (timed out)