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{{tnr}}'''Heather Wilson''' is a 2012 [[Republican]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]] from [[New Mexico]]. She also ran for U.S. Senate in 2008,<ref name="ap">[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g6AS0NAzxtGnwEL2Qw801EEKmApQ?docId=6eb0edc1325e4029803c66f0d9723032 ''Associated Press'' "Gloves stay on in quiet NM Senate primary," May 24, 2012]</ref> after representing [[New Mexico's 1st congressional district]] for 10 years.<ref>http://www.rollcall.com/news/wilson_has_gop_confident_in_new_mexico-213636-1.html ''Roll Call'' "Heather Wilson Has GOP Confident in New Mexico," April 5, 2012]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Heather Wilson''' was a 2012 [[Republican]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]] from [[New Mexico]]. She lost in the general election.<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/NM/senate ''CNN'' "New Mexico Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>
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She also ran for U.S. Senate in 2008,<ref name="ap">[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g6AS0NAzxtGnwEL2Qw801EEKmApQ?docId=6eb0edc1325e4029803c66f0d9723032 ''Associated Press'' "Gloves stay on in quiet NM Senate primary," May 24, 2012]</ref> after representing [[New Mexico's 1st congressional district]] for 10 years.<ref>http://www.rollcall.com/news/wilson_has_gop_confident_in_new_mexico-213636-1.html ''Roll Call'' "Heather Wilson Has GOP Confident in New Mexico," April 5, 2012]</ref>
  
 
She is an Air Force veteran and former National Security Council staffer. Wilson was a Rhodes scholar.<ref>[http://heatherwilson.com/about-heather/ ''Heather Wilson campaign website'' "About Heather," Accessed May 26, 2012]</ref>
 
She is an Air Force veteran and former National Security Council staffer. Wilson was a Rhodes scholar.<ref>[http://heatherwilson.com/about-heather/ ''Heather Wilson campaign website'' "About Heather," Accessed May 26, 2012]</ref>
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According to her website, Wilson's campaign platform includes the following issues<ref>[http://heatherwilson.com/about-heather/ ''Heather Wilson campaign website'' "Issues," Accessed May 26, 2012]</ref>:
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According to her website, Wilson's campaign platform included the following issues<ref>[http://heatherwilson.com/about-heather/ ''Heather Wilson campaign website'' "Issues," Accessed May 26, 2012]</ref>:
 
* Lower taxes
 
* Lower taxes
 
* Reduce the deficit
 
* Reduce the deficit
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012]]''
  
Wilson ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[New Mexico]]. She defeated [[Greg Sowards]] in the June 5 Republican primary and will face Democrat [[Martin Heinrich]] in the November general election.<ref name="cs">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NM_US_Senate_0605.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012]</ref>
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Wilson ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[New Mexico]]. She defeated [[Greg Sowards]] in the June 5 Republican primary and faced Democrat [[Martin Heinrich]] in the November general election.<ref name="cs">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/NM_US_Senate_0605.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "New Mexico - Summary Vote Results," June 6, 2012]</ref> Heinrich won.<ref name="cnnr"/>
  
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called [http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ Sabato's Crystal Ball] on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012 that will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.<ref name="sabato">[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ ''Center for Politics'' "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012]</ref> The seat rated a a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is most likely to end up [[Democratic]] is the [[United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012|Senate seat in New Mexico]]. The article notes that [[New Mexico|the state]] has generally been leaning [[Democratic]] and did not become a race with much interest until the incumbent [[Jeff Bingaman]] announced he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012.<ref name="sabato"/> The [[Republican]] challenger Wilson is expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them".<ref name="sabato"/>
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The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called [http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ Sabato's Crystal Ball] on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.<ref name="sabato">[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ ''Center for Politics'' "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012]</ref> The seat was was rated a toss-up and considered by Sabato's Crystal Ball as most likely to end up [[Democratic]]. The article noted that [[New Mexico|the state]] had generally been leaning [[Democratic]] and did not become a race with much interest until the incumbent [[Jeff Bingaman]] announced he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012.<ref name="sabato"/> The [[Republican]] challenger Wilson was expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them".<ref name="sabato"/>
  
 
A poll taken in mid-May had Wilson defeating Sowards in the Republican primary 66 percent to 20 percent.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/nm-2012-senate-democratic_n_1555844.html ''Huffington Post'' "NM-2012 Senate Democratic Primary: 51% Heinrich, 26% Balderas (Albuquerque Journal 5/21-24)," May 30, 2012]</ref> Wilson has outraised and outspent Sowards leading up to the primary.<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/bd0d3716a8ed44d6b36933c11c742407/NM--New-Mexico-Senate-Fundraising ''The (Columbus) Republic'' "Candidates to replace retiring NM Sen. Bingaman report spending $1.6M as June 5 primary nears," May 25, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://primaryresults.aesvote.com/county0.htm New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
 
A poll taken in mid-May had Wilson defeating Sowards in the Republican primary 66 percent to 20 percent.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/nm-2012-senate-democratic_n_1555844.html ''Huffington Post'' "NM-2012 Senate Democratic Primary: 51% Heinrich, 26% Balderas (Albuquerque Journal 5/21-24)," May 30, 2012]</ref> Wilson has outraised and outspent Sowards leading up to the primary.<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/bd0d3716a8ed44d6b36933c11c742407/NM--New-Mexico-Senate-Fundraising ''The (Columbus) Republic'' "Candidates to replace retiring NM Sen. Bingaman report spending $1.6M as June 5 primary nears," May 25, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://primaryresults.aesvote.com/county0.htm New Mexico Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"]</ref>
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Heather Wilson
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Heather Wilson was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from New Mexico. She lost in the general election.[1]

She also ran for U.S. Senate in 2008,[2] after representing New Mexico's 1st congressional district for 10 years.[3]

She is an Air Force veteran and former National Security Council staffer. Wilson was a Rhodes scholar.[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

According to her website, Wilson's campaign platform included the following issues[5]:

  • Lower taxes
  • Reduce the deficit
  • Scale back regulations
  • Repeal Obamacare

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in New Mexico, 2012

Wilson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing New Mexico. She defeated Greg Sowards in the June 5 Republican primary and faced Democrat Martin Heinrich in the November general election.[6] Heinrich won.[1]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[7] The seat was was rated a toss-up and considered by Sabato's Crystal Ball as most likely to end up Democratic. The article noted that the state had generally been leaning Democratic and did not become a race with much interest until the incumbent Jeff Bingaman announced he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2012.[7] The Republican challenger Wilson was expected to give Republicans a "fighting chance in a tough state for them".[7]

A poll taken in mid-May had Wilson defeating Sowards in the Republican primary 66 percent to 20 percent.[8] Wilson has outraised and outspent Sowards leading up to the primary.[9][10]

U.S. Senate-New Mexico Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Wilson 70% 63,631
Greg Sowards 30% 27,214
Total Votes 90,845

Polls

Martin Heinrich vs. Heather Wilson
Poll Heinrich WilsonOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen (August 23,2012)
48%41%5%7%+/-4.5500
Public Policy Polling (September 7-9)
50%41%0%9%+/-2.91,122
Albequerque Journal (September 3-6)
49%42%0%8%+/-3.8667
Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque
(October 23-25, 2012)
50%42%3%6%+/-3.8662
Public Opinion Strategies (October 29, 2012)
43%44%6%7%+/-4.38100
GBA Strategies (October 30,2012)
51%41%6%0%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 48.5% 41.83% 3.33% 6.17% +/-3.9 608.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Heather Wilson[11] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 14, 2012$1,064,519.89$760,151.52$(377,043.52)$1,447,628.26
Pre-Primary[13]May 21, 2012$1,447,628.26$617,837.32$(611,635.88)$1,453,829.70
July Quarterly[14]July 12, 2012$1,453,829.70$1,006,946.69$(828,258.55)$1,632,517.84
Running totals
$2,384,935.53$(1,816,937.95)

Wilson raised $2.2 million in the third quarter and has $1 million on hand.[15]

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