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2012 U.S. House Elections in New Mexico

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

New Mexico District Pages
District 1District 2District 3

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in New Mexico took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected three candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's three congressional districts.
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 may 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.[1]

See also: New Mexico elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the three districts was considered to be in play, District 1.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win two districts. It did not make a projection for the remaining seat.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

New Mexico was tied with Florida for having the 39th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 33.33% of major party primaries having been contested (2 out of 6). The national average was 54.31%.

Two U.S. House incumbents were seeking re-election in New Mexico in 2012. 0 of those 2 (0%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held two of the three Congressional seats from New Mexico.

Members of the U.S. House from New Mexico -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 3 3

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the three congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Ben Ray Lujan Electiondot.png Democratic 3
Martin Heinrich Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Steve Pearce Ends.png Republican 2

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 3 seats up for election in 2012 in New Mexico. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
New Mexico, District 1 Democratic Party Michelle Lujan Grisham 18.3% 275,856 Janice Arnold-Jones
New Mexico, District 2 Republican Party Steve Pearce 18.2% 225,515 Evelyn Madrid Erhard
New Mexico, District 3 Democratic Party Ben Ray Lujan 26.2% 264,719 Jeff Byrd

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Michelle Lujan Grisham
Republican Party Janice Arnold-Jones
Martin Heinrich Democratic Party Michelle Lujan Grisham No
2nd Democratic Party Evelyn Madrid Erhard
Republican Party Steve Pearce
Steve Pearce Republican Party Steve Pearce No
3rd Democratic Party Ben Ray Lujan
Republican Party Jeff Byrd
Ben Ray Lujan Democratic Party Ben Ray Lujan No

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Michelle Lujan Grisham Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Janice Arnold-Jones


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Dan Lewis withdrew[6] and Gary Smith is not on the ballot.[7]

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Evelyn Madrid Erhard
Republican Party Steve Pearce Green check mark transparent.png


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Note: Frank McKinnon withdrew before the primary.[9]

Republican Party Republican primary

3rd Congressional District

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.[11][12]

Republican Party Republican primary


See also

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