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Voters will see few contested in New Mexico primaries in June

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April 30, 2012

By: Geoff Pallay

SANTA FE, New Mexico:

New Mexico

There are 42 State Senate and 70 State House seats up for election this year. On June 5, there will be 22 contested Senate primaries and 30 contested House primaries. A contested primary is one in which at least two candidates will appear, giving voters a choice when casting their ballot.

With 224 possible party primaries (1 Democratic and 1 Republican primary for each seat), the 52 races represent only 23.21 percent of possible contested primaries.

Democrats currently control both chambers. After a strong showing in the 2010 elections, Republicans are attempting to win control of the state house for the first time since 1929.

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

New Mexico House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 36 38
     Republican Party 33 30
     Independent 1 0
Total 70 70

See also