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New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

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New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

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State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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New Mexico State Senate2012 New Mexico House Elections
Elections for the office of New Mexico State Senate were held in New Mexico on November 6, 2012. A total of 42 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 20, 2012. The primary election day was June 5, 2012.

See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the New Mexico State Senate:

New Mexico State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 14 17
Total 42 42


Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Mexico

The New Mexico Legislature is responsible for redistricting state offices, including state legislative and Congressional districts.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Mexico's population increased from 1.82 million in 2000 to 2.06 million in 2010.[1] Population growth over the decade was concentrated geographically along the Rio Grande, including the cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces. The eastern part of the state experienced little population growth.[2]

The Legislature passed new maps on September 23, 2011; Gov. Susana Martinez (R) vetoed both Democratic-controlled chambers' maps on October 6. With that, a state court took charge of steering the redistricting process; while the House map was sent back by New Mexico Supreme Court, the Senate compromise map was implemented without issue on January 16, 2012. Republican incumbents Rod Adair and Bill Burt were paired, but the former withdrew before the primary; Democrats Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Eric Griego would have faced off, but the latter opted to run for Congress. John Ryan (R) avoided a battle with Dede Feldman, but saw his district move into western Albuquerque, and become more Democratic.[3][4]

Incumbents retiring

A total of nine incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Bernadette Sanchez Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 26
Clinton Harden Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
Cynthia Nava Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 31
Dede Feldman Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 13
Eric Griego Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 14
Mark Boitano Ends.png Republican Senate District 18
Rod Adair Ends.png Republican Senate District 33
Stephen Fischmann Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 37
Vernon Asbill Ends.png Republican Senate District 34

Impact of redistricting

Incumbent Republicans Bill Burt and Rod Adair were thrust into the same district via the redistricting process.

Campaign contributions

During the 2012 election, the total contributions to the 94 Senate candidates was $5,111,892. The top 10 contributors were:[5]

2012 Donors, New Mexico State Senate
Donor Amount
Curtis, Lisa $302,729
Eichenberg, Tim $152,268
New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association $79,000
New Mexico Realtors Association $54,700
Jennings, Timothy $50,600
Padilla, Michael $42,631
Dunn, Aubrey $37,249
Independent Community Bankers Association Of New Mexico $34,750
Collins, Randolph $34,590
Conservation Voters New Mexico $31,921

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Matt Dodson 4,633
Republican Party William E. Sharer 11,212 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Steven P. Neville 14,168 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Pinto 12,578 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George K. Munoz 11,673 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard C. Martinez 15,255 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carlos R. Cisneros 17,613 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Note: Incumbent Clinton Harden (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Patrick Woods 12,595 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pete Campos 15,820 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

Note: Charles D. Mellon failed to appear on the primary ballot and official candidate lists.[6][7]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Sapien 11,654 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David L. Doyle 11,493

District 10

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John Christopher Ryan 10,063 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Joseph J. Carraro 8,474

District 11

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Linda M. Lopez: 1,568 Approveda- Incumbent Lopez first assumed office in 1997.

Note: Jamai Haquani failed to appear on the primary ballot and official candidate lists.[8][9]

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda M. Lopez 8,346 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gerald Ortiz Y Pino 13,341 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Note: Incumbent Dede Feldman (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: Laura Estella Sanchez failed to appear on the primary ballot and official candidate lists.[10][11]

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill B. O'Neill 15,516 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Note: Incumbent Eric Griego (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: Cecelia Romero-Tkach failed to appear on the primary ballot and official candidate lists.[12][13]

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Padilla 8,258 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Robert Schiller 3,425

District 15

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Tim Eichenberg: 3,171 Approveda- Incumbent Eichenberg first assumed office in 2009.
Note: Eichenberg announced in June 2012 that he would retire from the Senate and no longer seek re-election, in order to attend to failing health for his family members. Daniel Ivey-Soto was appointed as a replacement candidate.[14][15]
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Ivey-Soto 10,927 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party H. Diane Snyder 9,733

District 16

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Cisco McSorley: 4,562 Approveda- Incumbent McSorley first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cisco McSorley 16,636 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Timothy M. Keller 7,481 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Shannon Robinson 4,057

District 18

Note: Incumbent Mark Boitano (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill G. Tallman 11,248
Republican Party Lisa Torraco 12,092 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Sue Wilson Beffort 17,546 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cornelia W. Lange 10,651
Republican Party William H. Payne 13,626 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Lisa K. Curtis: 2,556 Approveda- Incumbent Curtis first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lisa K. Curtis 10,768
Republican Party Mark Moores 14,067 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Benny J. Shendo Jr. 12,051 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Sander Rue: 1,894 Approveda- Incumbent Rue first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Sander Rue 14,327 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Nancy Rodriguez: 4,589 Approveda- Incumbent Rodriguez first assumed office in 1997.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nancy Rodriguez 15,568 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Peter Wirth: 7,934 Approveda- Incumbent Wirth first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peter Wirth 26,128 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: Incumbent Bernadette Sanchez and Steve D. Gallegos filed for election, but did not appear on the primary ballot.

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jacob Candelaria 11,463 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Stuart Ingle: 3,172 Approveda- Incumbent Ingle first assumed office in 1985.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stuart Ingle 12,088 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Howie C. Morales 15,702 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael S. Sanchez 9,001 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David C. Chavez 7,237

District 30

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:

Note: The primary election vote count was very close and remained unresolved for several weeks. Unofficial results put Velasquez ahead of Sanchez by 3 votes.[16] Later, Sanchez was officially certified the winner.[17]

Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Clemente Sanchez 8,844 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Vickie Perea 7,833

District 31

Note: Incumbent Cynthia Nava (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph Cervantes 7,513 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brett C. Preston 3,493

District 32

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

Note: The primary election vote count was very close, and unofficial results put Pirtle ahead of Hammill by 10 votes.[18] Pirtle was officially declared the winner on July 10 by 10 votes.[19]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Timothy Z. Jennings 5,418
Republican Party Cliff R. Pirtle 5,930 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Bill Burt: 3,954 Approveda- Incumbent Burt first assumed office in 2011.
Note: District 33 Incumbent Rod Adair (R) initially declared to challenge Burt in a primary. But on April 3, 2012, Adair withdrew from the race.[20]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stephanie L. Dubois 6,530
Republican Party Bill Burt 12,292 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Note: Incumbent Vernon Asbill (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ellen E. Wedum 4,610
Republican Party Ron Griggs 9,647 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Arthur Smith 10,446 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Russell G. Allen 6,688

District 36

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary Jane Garcia 7,826
Republican Party Lee S. Cotter 9,146 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Note: Incumbent Stephen Fischmann (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William P. Soules 9,330 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Cathey Jo Alberson 8,557

District 38

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • Mary Kay Papen: 1,325 Approveda- Incumbent Papen first assumed office in 2001.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary Kay Papen 9,464 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Neal L. Hooks 4,783

District 39

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Phil A. Griego 10,148 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Aubrey Dunn 8,195

District 40

Note: Incumbent Bill Burt (R) is running for re-election to District 33.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda M. Allison 8,069
Republican Party Craig W. Brandt 9,982 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Carroll H. Leavell 8,413 Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
No candidates have filed for this district.
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • Gay G. Kernan: 2,907 Approveda- Incumbent Kernan first assumed office in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Gay G. Kernan 14,414 Green check mark transparent.png

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