New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Ben Ray Lujan Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ben Ray Lujan Democratic Party
Ben Ray Lujan.jpg

New Mexico U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Ben Ray Lujan won the election.[1]
This was the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2011 redistricting.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 20, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Mexico has a closed primary system, meaning only registered members of a particular party could vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 8. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[2]

See also: New Mexico elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ben Ray Lujan (D), who was first elected to the House in 2008.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District was located in the northern portion of the state and included San Juan, McKinley, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe, TAos, Mora, Colfax, San Miguel, Union, Harding, Quay, and Curry counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Ben Ray Lujan Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jeff Byrd

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Note: Sean Closson and Harry Montoya will not appear on the ballot.[4][5]

Republican Party Republican primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New Mexico District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan Incumbent 63.1% 167,103
     Republican Jeff Byrd 36.9% 97,616
Total Votes 264,719
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Byrd 53.5% 13,055
Rick Newton 46.5% 11,340
Total Votes 24,395

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Mexico

Following the results of the 2010 Census, New Mexico neither gained nor lost a seat, keeping its number of representatives at three.

Registration statistics

As of October 29, 2012, District 3 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Mexico Secretary of State:

New Mexico Congressional District 3[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 3 412,333 218,716 116,075 77,542 Democratic 88.43% -2.96%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. New Mexico's 3rd District stayed the same after redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 58D / 42R
  • 2010: 58D / 42R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District had a PVI of D+7, which was the 129th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 62-38 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-36 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

District history


On November 2, 2010, Ben Ray Lujan was re-elected to the United States House for a second term. He defeated Thomas E. Mullins (R).[11]

United States House, New Mexico General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Ray Lujan Incumbent 57% 120,048
     Republican Thomas E. Mullins 43% 90,617
Total Votes 210,665

See also