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NEW MEXICO

new-mexicoPopulation: 2,085,109 (2015)

Filing deadline: February 2, 2016

Primary:  June 7, 2016.

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New Mexico (D+4) is a former swing state that has gone left on the Federal level in the last ten years. It is the state with the highest share of Hispanics, and after Alaska it also has the highest share of Native Americans. As of 2010, it was 45% White, 42% Hispanic and 8% Native American.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 5. New Mexico is a moderately Democratic state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Martin Heinrich. (Pic: Congress)

Martin Heinrich. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Martin Hein­rich (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Energy & Natural Resources, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Martin Hein­rich
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Businessman Martin Hein­rich (b.1971) was an Albuquerque Councilman before serving two terms in the House, where he was the first Democrat to represent the 1st district. He was elected to the Senate in 2012, with 51%.

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Tom Udall. (Pic: Congress)

Tom Udall. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Tom Udall (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Commerce, Foreign Relations, Rules, Indian Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Tom Udall
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2020.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer Tom Udall (b.1948) was State Attorney General for two terms and then Congressman for five terms before he was elected to the Senate in 2008. He took 56% in 2014.

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Representatives: 3 repre­sen­tatives; 2 Democrats, 1 Republican.

Michelle Lujan Grisham. (Pic: Congress)

Michelle Lujan Grisham. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Committees: Oversight, Agriculture, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Michelle Lujan Grisham
Republican nomineeRichard Priem

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+7) contains Albuquerque and southern suburbs. It is 47% White and 44% Hispanic. Lawyer and County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham (b.1959) was first elected in 2012 and took 59% in 2014. She is a cousin of Ben Lujan in the 3rd district. The GOP are running businessman and veteran Richard Priem.

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Steve Pearce. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Pearce. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative:
Steve Pearce (R)

Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeMerrie Lee Soules
Republican nominee: Steve Pearce

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+5) covers the southern parts of the state, including Carlsbad, Las Cruces and Roswell. It is 45% White and 47% Hispanic. Veteran and businessman Steve Pearce (b.1947) first won it in 2002, but ran for Senate in 2008 and lost. He won it back from a Democrat in 2010. Pearce took 64 % in 2014. The Dems are running businesswoman Merrie Lee Soules.

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Ben Lujan. (Pic: Congress)

Ben Lujan. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Ben Lujan (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Ben Lujàn
Republican nominee: Mike Romero

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+8) covers the northern parts of the state, including Farmington and Santa Fe. It is 44% White, 36% Hispanic and 16% Native American. Ben Lujan (b.1972) held several political jobs locally in New Mexico before being first elected in 2008. He took 62% in 2014. The GOP is running veteran and former police officer Mike Romero.

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STATE LEVEL

Susana Martinez. (Pic: State of NM)

Susana Martinez. (Pic: State of NM)

Governor: Susana Mar­tinez (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Susana Mar­tinez

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer and District Attorney Susana Mar­tinez (b.1959) was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014. She is term limited in 2018.

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John Sanchez. (Pic: State of NM)

John Sanchez. (Pic: State of NM)

Lieutenant Governor: John San­chez (R)
Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John San­chez

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The LG is nominated separately, but elected together with the Governor. Businessman and State Representative John San­chez (b.1963) was first elected in 2010, but has never been close to governor Martinez.

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Brad Winter. (Pic: State of NM)

Brad Winter. (Pic: State of NM)

Secretary of State: Brad Winter (R)

Democratic nomineeMaggie Tolouse Oliver
Republican nomineeNora Espinoza

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
Then-Secretary of State Dianna Duran (b.1956) took 52% in 2014, but resigned in October 2015 due to allegations of fraud. Governor Martinez appointed Albuquerque Councilman Brad Winter to replace her. There will be a special election to the office this year, for the last two years of the term. The Dems are running their losing nominee from 2014, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Tolouse Oliver. The GOP has nominated State Representative Nora Espinoza.

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Tim Eichenberg. (Pic: State of NM)

Tim Eichenberg. (Pic: State of NM)

Treasurer: Tim Eichenberg (D)

Democratic nomineeTim Eichenberg
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Contractor, County Treasurer and State Senator Tim Eichenberg held the office for the Dems with 52% in 2014.

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Tim Keller. (Pic: State of NM)

Tim Keller. (Pic: State of NM)

Auditor: Tim Keller (D)

Democratic nomineeTim Keller
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
State Senator and businessman Tim Keller (b.1977) held the office with 54% in 2014.

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Hector Balderas. (Pic: State of NM)

Hector Balderas. (Pic: State of NM)

Attorney General: Hector Balderas (D)

Democratic nomineeHector Balderas
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer, State Representative and State Auditor Hector Balderas (b.1973) won in 2014 with 58%. He was a losing candidate for the Senate nomination in 2012.

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Aubrey Dunn. (Pic: State of NM)

Aubrey Dunn. (Pic: State of NM)

Commissioner of Public Lands: Aubrey Dunn (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeAubrey Dunn

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Businessman and rancher Aubrey Dunn defeated the incumbent Democrat with 50% and a razor thin margin in 2014.

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State Senate: 42 (25D / 17R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2016.
State House: 70 (33D / 37R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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