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New Mexico state executive official elections, 2014

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Seventeen state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of New Mexico. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

New Mexico utilizes a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in New Mexico:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held nine out of 17 executive seats in New Mexico, with one seat held by an independent and one seat vacant.

New Mexico State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 9 11
     Republican Party 6 6
     Independent 1 0
     Vacant 1 0
Total 17 17
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Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Susana Martinez
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2011 Yes Republican Party Susana Martinez
Democratic Party Gary King
Republican Party Susana Martinez No
Lieutenant Governor John A. Sanchez
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2011 Yes Republican Party John Sanchez
Democratic Party Debra Haaland
Republican Party John Sanchez No
Secretary of State Dianna Duran
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2011 Yes Republican Party Dianna Duran
Democratic Party Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Republican Party Dianna Duran No
Attorney General Gary King
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2011 Ran for Governor Republican Party Susan Riedel
Democratic Party Hector Balderas
Democratic Party Hector Balderas No
Treasurer James B. Lewis
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2006 Term-limited Republican Party Rick Lopez
Democratic Party Tim Eichenberg
Democratic Party Tim Eichenberg No
State Auditor Hector Balderas
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2006 Term-limited Republican Party Robert Aragon
Democratic PartyTim Keller
Democratic Party Tim Keller No
Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell
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2011 Yes Republican Party Aubrey Dunn
Democratic Party Ray Powell
Republican Party Aubrey Dunn Yes
Public Regulation Commission Ben L. Hall
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2011 Yes[4] Republican Party Ben L. Hall
Democratic Party Sandy Jones
Democratic Party Sandy Jones Yes
Public Regulation Commission Patrick H. Lyons
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2011 Yes[4] Republican Party Patrick H. Lyons
Republican Party Patrick H. Lyons No
Public Regulation Commission Theresa Becenti-Aguilar
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar.jpg
2010 Defeated in primary[4] Democratic Party Lynda Lovejoy
Democratic Party Lynda Lovejoy No
Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Public Education Commission (District 1) Vacant N/A Democratic Party Eleanor Chavez
Democratic Party Eleanor Chavez No
Public Education Commission (District 2) Millie Pogna
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2010 Yes[4] Republican Party Millie Pogna
Republican Party Millie Pogna No
Public Education Commission (District 3) Carmie Toulouse Yes[4] Democratic PartyCarmie Toulouse
Democratic Party Carmie Toulouse No
Public Education Commission (District 4) J. Tyson Parker
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2013 No[4] Democratic PartyKaryl Armbruster
Democratic Party Karyl Armbruster No
Public Education Commission (District 5) James Conyers Yes[4] Democratic PartyJames F. Conyers
Democratic Party James F. Conyers No
Public Education Commission (District 6) Gilbert Peralta
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2010 Yes[4] Democratic PartyGilbert Peralta
Democratic Party Gilbert Peralta No
Public Education Commission (District 7) Eugene Gant
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2010 No[4] Democratic PartyPatricia Gipson
Democratic Party Patricia Gipson No


Governor

Republican primary

Republican PartyIncumbent Susana Martinez was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Governor of New Mexico, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary King 35% 43,918
Alan Webber 22.7% 28,406
Lawrence Rael 19.8% 24,878
Howie Morales 14.2% 17,863
Linda Lopez 8.2% 10,288
Mario Martinez 0% 16
Phillip Chavez 0% 2
Total Votes 125,371
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Lieutenant Governor

Republican primary

Republican Party Incumbent John Sanchez was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Challenger Debra Haaland was uncontested in the primary.

Attorney General

Republican primary

Republican Party Susan Riedel was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Hector Balderas was uncontested in the primary.

Secretary of State

Republican primary

Republican Party Incumbent Dianna Duran was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver was uncontested in the primary.

Treasurer

Republican primary

Republican Party Rick Lopez was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

New Mexico Treasurer, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Eichenberg 52.7% 59,683
John Wertheim 47.3% 53,523
Total Votes 113,206
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Auditor

Republican primary

Republican Party Robert Aragon was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Tim Keller was uncontested in the primary.

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands

Republican primary

Republican Party Challenger Aubrey Dunn was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Incumbent Ray Powell was uncontested in the primary.

Public Regulation Commissioner

District 2

Republican primary

Republican Party Incumbent Patrick H. Lyons was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

No Democratic candidates filed for the District 2 seat.

District 4

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 4 seat.

Democratic primary

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 4, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynda Lovejoy 46.2% 9,904
Theresa Becenti-Aguilar Incumbent 32.4% 6,935
Edward Michael 21.4% 4,587
Total Votes 21,426
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

District 5

Republican primary

Republican Party Incumbent Ben L. Hall was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner, District 5, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Jones 50.3% 9,911
Merrie Soules 49.7% 9,783
Total Votes 19,694
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Education Commissioner

District 1

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 1 seat.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Eleanor Chavez was uncontested in the primary.

District 2

Republican primary

Republican Party Incumbent Millie Pogna was uncontested in the primary.

Democratic primary

No Democratic candidates filed for the District 2 seat.

District 3

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 3 seat.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Carmie Toulouse was uncontested in the primary.

District 4

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 4 seat.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Karyl Armbruster was uncontested in the primary.

District 5

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 5 seat.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party James Conyers was uncontested in the primary.

District 6

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 6 seat.

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Gilbert Peralta was uncontested in the primary.

District 7

Republican primary

No Republican candidates filed for the District 7 seat.

Democratic primary

Republican Party Patricia Gipson was uncontested in the primary.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusana Martinez/John A. Sanchez Incumbent 57.2% 293,443
     Democrat Gary King/Debra Haaland 42.8% 219,362
Total Votes 512,805
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Attorney General

Attorney General of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHector Balderas 58.3% 295,008
     Republican Susan Riedel 41.7% 211,303
Total Votes 506,311
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of New Mexico, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDianna Duran Incumbent 51.6% 262,117
     Democratic Maggie Toulouse Oliver 48.4% 245,508
Total Votes 507,625
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Treasurer

New Mexico Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Eichenberg 52.5% 261,203
     Republican Rick Lopez 47.5% 236,699
Total Votes 497,902
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Auditor

New Mexico Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Keller 54.3% 270,386
     Republican Robert Aragon 45.7% 228,019
Total Votes 498,405
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands

New Mexico Land Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAubrey Dunn 50.1% 250,185
     Democratic Ray Powell Incumbent 49.9% 249,481
Total Votes 499,666
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Public Regulation Commissioner

New Mexico Public Service Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Jones 50.9% 45,547
     Republican Ben L. Hall Incumbent 49.1% 43,966
Total Votes 89,513
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.

Patrick H. Lyons and Lynda Lovejoy were running for election without opposition.

Education Commissioner

All seven candidates for the Public Education Commission were running for election without opposition.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[5] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[6]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[7]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[8]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 11, 2014 Candidate filing deadline for primary
June 3, 2014 Primary election
June 26, 2014 Filing deadline for independent and minor party candidates
November 4, 2014 General election
November 25, 2014 State canvassing of election results
January 1, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officers

State executive organization

Executive officials in New Mexico are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges. The following chart details the relationship among different branches of New Mexico's state government:

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