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New Mexico elections, 2014

A general election was held in the U.S. state of New Mexico on November 4, 2014. All of New Mexico's executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and all of New Mexico's three seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on June 3, 2014.

Contents

  • Governor 1
  • Lieutenant Governor 2
  • Attorney General 3
  • Secretary of State 4
    • Polling 4.1
    • Results 4.2
  • Treasurer 5
  • State Auditor 6
  • Commissioner of Public Lands 7
    • Polling 7.1
    • Results 7.2
  • Public Regulation Commission 8
  • Public Education Commission 9
  • United States Senate 10
  • United States House of Representatives 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Governor

Incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Four Democrats ran for their party's nomination: Attorney General of New Mexico Gary King,[2] State Senator Linda M. Lopez,[3] State Senator Howie Morales,[4] former State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency Lawrence Rael[5] and businessman Alan Webber.[6] King won the primary with 35% of the vote.[7]

Lieutenant Governor

Unlike most states, in New Mexico, the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected in separate primaries. The winning candidates then run together on the same ticket.

Incumbent Republican Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez is running for re-election to a second term.[1]

Deb Haaland is running for the Democrats. Marie Julienne had been running, but was disqualified.[8] Chocolatier Chuck Higgins had also been in the running, but he withdrew.[9]

Attorney General

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Gary King is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office. He is instead running for Governor.[1]

Hector Balderas, the State Auditor of New Mexico, is the only Democrat running.[1] In January 2013, former Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks formed an exploratory committee, but he suspended his campaign in July, citing poor fundraising.[10][11]

Former Las Cruces Chief Deputy District Attorney and former Third Judicial District Judge Susan Riedel was unopposed for the Republican nomination.[1] Attorney James Paul "Jim" Baiamonte had been running, but he withdrew from the race. Matthew Chandler, the former District Attorney for the 9th Judicial District and Republican nominee for Attorney General in 2010, had considered running again, but instead resigned as district attorney and opened a private law practice.[12][13]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Hector
Balderas (D)
Susan
Riedel (R)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing September 27–October 1, 2014 727 ± 4% 52% 37% 11%

Secretary of State

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver is running against her.[1]

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dianna
Duran (R)
Maggie
Toulouse
Oliver (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing September 27–October 1, 2014 727 ± 4% 38% 44% 19%

Results

New Mexico General Election 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dianna Duran (Incumbent) 262,117 51.64
Democratic Maggie Toulouse–Oliver 245,508 48.36
Total votes 507,625 100.00

Treasurer

Incumbent Democratic State Treasurer James B. Lewis is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.[1]

Former State Senator Tim Eichenberg and former Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico John Wertheim ran for the Democratic nomination.[1] Former Bernalillo County Treasurer Patrick Padilla had been running, but he was disqualified from the ballot after he failed to collect enough petition signatures. Wertheim raised the challenge and Padilla was disqualified after a district judge found he was 93 valid signatures short of the minimum requirement of 4,373. Padilla may appeal the ruling.[14] State Senator Tim Keller had considered running, but chose to run for State Auditor instead.[15] Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima also considered running, but decided not to.[16]

Democratic primary results[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Eichenberg 59,683 52.72
Democratic John Wertheim 53,523 47.28
Total votes 113,206 100

Rick Lopez is the only Republican running.[1]

State Auditor

Incumbent Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office. He is instead running for Attorney General.[1] Democratic former State Auditor Domingo Martinez had been running,[18] but he withdrew from the race.[19]

Democrat Tim Keller and Republican Robert Aragon are the only candidates running.

Commissioner of Public Lands

Incumbent Democratic Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

Republican Aubrey Dunn is the only other candidate running.[1]

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ray
Powell (D)
Aubrey
Dunn (R)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing September 27–October 1, 2014 727 ± 4% 43% 37% 20%

Results

New Mexico General Election 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Aubrey Dunn 250,185 50.07
Democratic Ray Powell (Incumbent) 249,481 49.93
Total votes 499,666 100.00

Public Regulation Commission

Three of the five seats on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are up for election.

District 2 Republican incumbent Patrick Lyons is unopposed for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

District 4 Democratic incumbent Theresa Becenti-Aguilar is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1] Democrats Edward J. Michael and Lynda Lovejoy are also running.[1] No Republican filed to run for the seat.[1]

District 5 Republican incumbent Ben Hall, the current Chairman of the Commission, is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1] Democrats Donald L. Wolberg, Merrie Lee Soules and Sandy R. Jones are also running.[1]

Democrat Ken Miyagishima, the Mayor of Las Cruces, had considered running for a seat on the Commission, but decided not to.[16]

Public Education Commission

Seven of the ten seats on the New Mexico Public Education Commission are up for election. Five of the seats are up for regularly-scheduled elections. The other two are special elections following resignations.

District 2 incumbent Republican Millie Pogna, District 3 incumbent Democrat Carmie Lynn Toulouse, District 5 incumbent Democrat James F. Conyers and District 6 incumbent Democrat Gilbert Peralta are all running for re-election to a second term unopposed.[1]

District 7 incumbent Democrat Eugene Gant is not running for re-election to a second term. Democrat Patricia E Gipson is running unopposed.[1]

In the District 1 and District 4 vacancies, Democrats former State Representative Eleanor Chavez and former President of the American Federation of Teachers Karyl Ann Armbruster are running, respectively, against to-be-determined incumbents, who will be appointed to the office by Governor Martinez.[1][20]

United States Senate

Incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Udall is running for re-election to a second term.[21][22]

Businessman and candidate for Governor of New Mexico in 2010 Allen Weh.[23] defeated assistant district attorney and former Chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party David Clements[24][25] for the Republican nomination.

United States House of Representatives

All of New Mexico's three seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election in 2014.

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