NEW MEXICO 5 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, New Mexico Secretary of State)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.
2,096,829
Total Registration, Nov. 2020
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New Mexico has: 33 counties.

Largest counties: Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Santa Fe, Sandoval, San Juan.
Largest cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe.

Government
Governor: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) elected in 2018.
State Legislature: New Mexico Legislature   House: 70 seats  Senate: 42 seats
Local: Cities and Counties   NACO
Native American: NM Indian Nations
U.S. House: 3D,0R - 1. D.Haaland (D) | 2. X.Torres Small (D) | 3. B.R.LujŠn (D)  >
U.S. Senate: Tom Udall (D) retiring in 2020; Martin Heinrich (D) re-elected in 2018.
2020
U.S. Senate: Sen. Tom Udall (D), first elected in 2008, is retiring.  Seeking to succeed him are U.S. Rep. Ben Ray LujŠn (D), TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti (R) and scientist Bob Walsh (L).
U.S. House: In NM-3
(the northern half of the state) Rep. Ben Ray LujŠn (D) is running for Senate.  Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez (D), environmental engineer Alexis Martinez Johnson (R) and Gavin Kaiser (I) are running for the seat. 
In NM-2 (the southern half of the state) Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D) faces a re-match with 2018 nominee Yvette Herrell (R).
State Legislature: All 70 House seats and 42 Senate seats are up.
Ballot Measures:
Voters will decide two constitutional amendments and three bond measures.

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 Land of Enchantment
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Absentee and Early Voting:
No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot.
Absentee voting begins Oct. 6.  Early voting Oct. 17-31, 2020.
 

On the ballot
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Hawkins/Walker (Grn.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Tittle/Sandige (Const.)


Trump/Pence (Rep.)


La Riva/Freeman (PSL)






Ballot Access:
Required number of petition signatures for
Independent candidates for president is 3,483 [2 percent of total number of votes cast for governor]. Petitions available Mar. 2, 2020; filing day is June 25, 2020.
- Note that the Constitution Party of New Mexico voted for Samm Tittle over Don Blankenship, the national nominee, at their May 13 virtual convention >.
- PSL.
Overview: New Mexico is seen as likely to go Democratic.  State Republicans did set an ambitious goal: "to take back the House and Senate, win the State Supreme Court, make gains on the Court of Appeals and win New Mexico for President Trump."  They have a solid ground game, knocking on doors and making calls.  High turnout of their voters would help them win down ballot races such as the race in NM-2.  For Democrats, Vice President Biden put a bit of a spotlight on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, considering her for his running mate.  On the ground, Democrats are continuing with virtual campaigning.  (R, D)
    The state's Hispanic population is the largest share of any state;
49.1% of New Mexicans are of Hispanic or Latino origin according to the Census Bureau's July 2019 estimate.  Outside of Alaska, New Mexico has the highest proportion of Native Americans, 10.9%

Primary -- Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Turnout: 417,142 of 993,827.
Democrats
Unofficial: Biden 181,465 (73.30%), Sanders 37,395 (15.10%), Warren 14,529 (5.87%)... Total 247,571.

46 Delegates: 23 District, 7 At-Large, 4 PLEO and 12 Unpledged.


Republicans
Unofficial: Trump 143,795 (91.25%), Uncommitted 13,783 (8.75%).  Total 157,578.



Libertarian (nomination already determined)
Jorgensen 516 (33.06%), Uncommitted 330 (21.14%), Chafee 157 (10.06%), Hornberger 154 (9.87%), Kokesh 122 (7.82%)...  Total 1,561.

General Election Winners in New Mexico, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton
45.90%
Clinton
49.18%
Gore
47.91%
Bush
49.84%
Obama
56.91%
Obama
52.99%
Clinton
48.26%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,456,551.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 54.8%.


Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016.
Absentee and Early Voting: Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person in the county clerk's office during regular business hours starting 28 days prior to an election.
  No excuse is required.
Absentee voting begins Oct. 11 and early voting runs Oct. 22-Nov. 5, 2016.
 

Total votes cast: 804,073.

Official Results >

 
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
319,667
(40.04)
+Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
385,234
(48.26)
La Riva/Banks (PSL)
1,184
(0.15)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
74,541
(9.34)
Castle/Bradley (Const.)
1,514
(0.19)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.)
9,879
(1.24)
De La Fuente/Steinberg (Am.D)
475
(0.06)
McMullin/Johnson (BFA)
5,825
(0.73)
Total........798,319

Statute does not allow write-in candidates for President.
Overview: The state's Hispanic population is the largest share of any state; 48% of New Mexicans are of Hispanic or Latino origin according to the Census Bureau's July 2015 estimate.  According to the Pew Research Center (>), 40% of New Mexico eligible voters are Hispanic.  Outside of Alaska, New Mexico has the highest proportion of Native Americans; 9.4%
    During the primary campaign, Trump's comment about Gov. Susana Martinez at a May 24 rally in Albuquerque drew a lot of attention; Trump stated, "The governor has to do a better job.  She's not doing the job." 
   Trump visited the state on Oct. 30, 2016, rallying at Atlantic Aviation in Albuquerque.  Pence made three visits: to Albuquerque and Roswell on Aug. 16, Albuquerque on Oct. 20, and a closing rally at Southwest Aviation in Las Cruces on Nov. 2.  Donald Trump Jr. also made a late visit, rallying at Pinon Hills Community Church in Farmington and .speaking to Navajo Republicans at Shiprock Chapter House on Nov. 4. 
Neither of the Democratic candidates visited; the best they could manage was a GOTV rally with Bernie Sanders in Albuquerque on Oct. 18 and several appearances by Ann Holton, Tim Kaine's wife, on Oct. 27.  Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who served as the Republican governor of the state from 1995-2003 and lives in Taos, did events in Albuquerque on Aug. 20 and Oct. 8, a Taos to Santa Fe bike ride on Oct. 15, and he and Weld celebrated Election Night in Albuquerque.
   The Clinton/Kaine ticket won with a plurality of 65,567 votes (8.22 percentage points), carrying 14 counties to 19 for Trump/Pence. 
Johnson's 9.34% showing was his best of any state.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,432,375.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 54.7%.


Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2012.
Absentee and Early Voting: Begins Oct. 9.  No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot.  Early voting continued through
Nov. 3, 2012.

Registration: Dem. 596,089 (47.51%)   Rep. 395,842 (31.55%)   Other 37,534 (2.99%)   Decline to State 225,102 (17.94%) ...Total 1,254,567
 

Official Results >

 
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
415,335
(52.99)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
335,788
(42.84)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
982
(0.13)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.) 27,788
(3.55)
Anderson/Rodriguez (Ind.)
1,174
(0.15)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
2,691
(0.34)
Total........783,758




2012 Overview
In 2008, with Bill Richardson (D) as governor, Obama won the state's five electoral votes with a 15-percentage point margin.  In 2010, New Mexicans elected the Republican, Susana Martinez as governor.  Was the political terrain shifting?  The state's Hispanic population continued to grow; according to the Census Bureau in 2011, 46.7% of the population was of Hispanic or Latino origin.  New Mexico was one of thirteen states where the RNC established a Victory organization, but by Sept. 20 they pulled several staff out (reported by CNN +).  The presidential campaign in New Mexico turned out to be relatively quiet.  Obama won with a plurality of 79,547 votes (10.15 percentage points).  None of the Democratic principals visited during the general election period.  Mitt Romney did an event at an oilfield business in Hobbs on Aug.  23.  Gary Johnson did a couple of events in Albuquerque on Oct. 9, and he and running mate Jim Gray held their Election Night party there.  Johnson only managed 3.54% of the vote in his home state.
Obama  | 
Romney
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,376,025.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 60.3%.

Absentee
172,136
20.66%
In-person early
347,159
41.66%
Regular precincts
314,070
37.69%
Total votes cast
833,365


Registration: Dem. 594,229 (50.13%)   Rep. 375,619 (31.69%)   Other Party 32,639 (2.75%)   Decline to State 182,952 (15.43%)  ... Total 1,185,439.
                        Official Results >


+Obama/Biden (Dem.) 472,422
(56.91)
McCain/Palin (Rep.) 346,832
(41.78)
McKinney/Clemente (Grn.) 1,552
(0.19)
Baldwin/Castle (Const.) 1,597
(0.19)
Nader/Gonzalez (IndPty)
5,327
(0.64)
Barr/Root (Lib.) 2,428
(0.29)
Total........830,158


2008 Overview
In contrast to the narrow margins of 2004 and 2000, the Obama-Biden ticket won New Mexico's five electoral votes with a comfortable plurality of 125,590 votes (15.13 percentage points).  Obama carried 18 counties to 15 for McCain.
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,282,767.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 59.0%.
 
Absentee
156,020 (20.12%)
In-person early
236,340 (30.48%)
Regular precincts
382,941 (49.39%)
Total votes cast: 775,301

Registration: Dem. 550,519 (49.80%)   Rep. 359,563 (32.53%)   Other Party 20,580 (1.86%)   Grn. 9,724 (0.88%)   No Party 164,986 (14.93%)  ...Total 1,105,372.
Official Results 

Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
370,942
(49.05)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
376,930
(49.84)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.) 1,226
(0.16)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.) 771
(0.10)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 2,382
(0.31)
Nader/Camejo (Indep.) 4,053
(0.54)
Total.......756,304

 
2004 Overview
New Mexico flipped to Bush.  The state, which in 2000 went to Gore with the narrowest vote margin, was again close; in the end Bush won with a plurality of 5,988 votes (0.79 percentage points).  Bush carried 21 counties to 12 for Kerry (results by county).  New Mexico Democratic Party state chair John V. Wertheim stated, "We got crushed in Southeast New Mexico and in the Four Corners area."
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,234,088.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 48.5%.

Absentee
  79,553
(12.9%)
In-person early
110,746 (18.0%)
Regular precincts
425,308
(69.1%)
Total votes cast: 615,607


Registration: Dem. 508,414 (52.2%)   Rep. 318,282 (32.7%)  Grn. 11,674 (1.2%)   Other 19,050 (2.0%)   No Party 116,113 (11.9%)   ...Total 973,533.
Official Results 


Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
21,251
 (3.55)
+Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
286,783
(47.91)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
286,417
(47.85)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
2,058
(0.34)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
343
(0.06)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP)
361
(0.06)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
1,392
 (0.23)
Total........598,605


2000 Overview
Problems with the count in Bernalillo County left the outcome in New Mexico uncertain for days after the election, but Gore ultimately won the state's five electoral votes by a razor thin margin of 366 votes (0.06 percentage points).  Bush carried 20 counties to 13 for Gore.
General Election Activity

Although many news accounts attributed the Bernalillo counting problem to a "software glitch," in fact an administrative failure was to blame: the county clerk's office did not run the standard logic and accuracy test on the voting machines before the election.  The problem became apparent on Election Night, and the clerk's office withdrew about 67,000 early vote and absentee ballots from the tally.  On Nov. 9, workers in a warehouse in Albuquerque began the recount, hand-feeding the ballots into the voting machines.  By Nov. 11, Bush had gained a statewide lead of 17 votes, but some emergency ballots remained to be counted and totals were still fluctuating.  The State Canvassing Board finalized Gore as the winner with a plurality of 366 votes on Nov. 29.


1996 and 2000 General Elections

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1992
Clinton (Dem.)........261,617
(45.90)
Bush (Rep.)...........212,824
(37.34)
Perot (Ind.)..............91,895
(16.12)
Others (7)..................3,650 
(0.64)
Total........569,986


1996
Clinton (Dem.)........273,495
(49.18)
Dole (Rep.)............232,751
(41.86)
Perot (Ref.).............32,257
(5.80)
Nader (Grn.)............13,218
(2.38)
Others (3).................4,353
(0.79)
Total........556,074