Heather Wilson

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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
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Heather Wilson was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign contributions

Heather Wilson 2012 Donor Breakdown.png
Wilson was defeated by Martin Heinrich in 2012. During that election cycle, Wilson's campaign committee raised a total of $7,170,513 and spent $7,108,688.[11]

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