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Heather Wilson
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, New Mexico
Master'sOxford University
Ph.D.Oxford University
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
Campaign website
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]


Campaign themes


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

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



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


Martin Heinrich vs. Heather Wilson
Poll Heinrich WilsonOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen (August 23,2012)
Public Policy Polling (September 7-9)
Albequerque Journal (September 3-6)
Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque
(October 23-25, 2012)
Public Opinion Strategies (October 29, 2012)
GBA Strategies (October 30,2012)
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

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

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

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