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United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012

November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)

 
Nominee Martin Heinrich Heather Wilson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 395,717 351,260
Percentage 51.0% 45.3%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Jeff Bingaman
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Martin Heinrich
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in New Mexico took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives as well as various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman decided to retire instead of running for re-election to a sixth term.[1] Democratic U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich won the open seat.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Democratic primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
      • Declared 2.1.1
      • Withdrew 2.1.2
      • Declined 2.1.3
    • Polling 2.2
    • Endorsements 2.3
    • Results 2.4
  • Republican primary 3
    • Candidates 3.1
      • Declared 3.1.1
      • Withdrew 3.1.2
      • Declined 3.1.3
    • Polling 3.2
    • Endorsements 3.3
    • Results 3.4
  • General election 4
    • Candidates 4.1
    • Debates 4.2
    • Fundraising 4.3
      • Top contributors 4.3.1
      • Top industries 4.3.2
    • Polling 4.4
    • Results 4.5
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Background

Incumbent Jeff Bingaman won re-election to a fifth term with 70.61% of the vote against Allen McCulloch in the 2006 U.S. senatorial election in New Mexico.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Hector
Balderas
Martin
Heinrich
Other Undecided
Albuquerque Journal/Research & Polling May 21–24, 2012 741 ± 3.6% 26% 51% 23%
Public Policy Polling April 19–22, 2012 270 ± 6% 27% 51% 22%
Public Policy Polling December 10–12, 2011 309 ± 5.6% 30% 47% 23%
Magellan Strategies July 17–18, 2011 636 ± 3.9% 21% 54% 25%
Public Policy Polling June 23–26, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 24% 47% 29%

Endorsements

Results

Democratic primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin Heinrich 83,432 58.9
Democratic Hector Balderas 58,128 41.1
Total votes 141,560 100

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

  • Greg Sowards, businessman[17]
  • Heather Wilson, former U.S. representative[18]

Withdrew

Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bill
English
John
Sanchez
Greg
Sowards
Heather
Wilson
Other Undecided
Albuquerque Journal May 21–24, 2012 504 ± 4.4% 20% 66% 14%
Public Policy Polling December 10–12, 2011 300 ± 5.7% 3% 20% 6% 55% 16%
Magellan Strategies July 17–18, 2011 799 ± 3.5% 2% 21% 5% 56% 16%
Public Policy Polling June 23–26, 2011 400 ± 4.9% 4% 24% 8% 52% 12%
Magellan Strategies April 26–27, 2011 801 ± 3.5% 17% 2% 59% 11% 11%

Endorsements

Results

Republican primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Heather Wilson 63,631 70.0
Republican Greg Sowards 27,214 30.0
Total votes 90,845 100

General election

Candidates

Debates

  • Complete video of debate, C-SPAN, October 17, 2012
  • Complete video of debate, C-SPAN, October 25, 2012

Fundraising

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Martin Heinrich (D) $3,883,992 $2,174,712 $1,763,753 $89,424
Heather Wilson (R) $4,048,847 $2,416,328 $1,632,517 $0
Jon Barrie (I) $705 $1,150 $0 $445
Source: Federal Election Commission[25][26][27]

Top contributors

[28]
Martin Heinrich Contribution Heather Wilson Contribution
League of Conservation Voters $108,634 Elliott Management Corporation $29,413
JStreetPAC $67,860 Mewbourne Oil Co $25,000
University of New Mexico $24,221 Kelly PAC $15,000
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP $23,000 Blue Cross & Blue Shield $14,050
Council for a Livable World $20,044 Devon Energy $13,250
National Rural Letter Carriers' Association $19,000 Murray Energy $12,800
Comcast Corporation $11,250 Yates Petroleum $12,600
Presbyterian Healthcare Services $11,150 Livingston Group $12,249
Intel Corp $10,500 Publix Super Markets $11,000
American Optometric Association $10,250 Westport Construction $10,500

Top industries

[29]
Martin Heinrich Contribution Heather Wilson Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $322,120 Retired $355,880
Retired $270,598 Oil & Gas $217,500
Lobbyists $156,480 Leadership PACs $206,225
Environmental organizations $145,365 Financial Institutions $163,888
Leadership PACs $100,000 Lobbyists $113,549
Health Professionals $95,729 Lawyers/Law Firms $106,852
Pro-Israel $83,860 Real Estate $95,990
Public Sector Unions $67,000 Misc Finance $72,407
Democratic/Liberal $64,300 Business Services $72,078
Casinos/Gambling $58,550 Mining $69,200

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Martin
Heinrich (D)
Heather
Wilson (R)
Other Undecided
Albuquerque Poll Journal October 23–25, 2012 662 ± 3.8% 50% 42% 3% 6%
Public Policy Polling October 23–24, 2012 727 ± n/a% 52% 44% 3%
Albuquerque Poll Journal October 9–11, 2012 658 ± 3.8% 48% 39% 4% 9%
Rasmussen Reports October 8, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 52% 39% 4% 5%
Public Policy Polling October 2–3, 2012 778 ± n/a% 51% 41% 8%
We Ask America September 25–27, 2012 1,258 ± 2.85% 52% 41% 7%
Public Policy Polling September 7–9, 2012 1,122 ± 2.9% 50% 41% 9%
Albuquerque Journal September 3–6, 2012 667 ± 3.8% 49% 42% 8%
Rasmussen Reports August 21, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 48% 41% 5% 7%
Public Policy Polling July 13–16, 2012 724 ± 3.6% 48% 43% 9%
Public Policy Polling April 19–22, 2012 526 ± 4.3% 48% 43% 9%
Rasmussen Reports April 3, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 46% 42% 7% 6%
Rasmussen Reports February 14, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 45% 43% 5% 7%
Public Policy Polling December 10–12, 2011 500 ± 4.4% 47% 40% 13%
Public Policy Polling June 23–26, 2011 732 ± 3.6% 47% 42% 11%
Public Policy Polling February 4–6, 2011 545 ± 4.2% 50% 39% 11%

Results

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Martin Heinrich 395,717 51.01 -19.81%
Heather Wilson 351,295 45.28 +16.17
Write-In Write-In 617 0.08%
Majority 44,458 6.1%
Turnout 775,278

See also

References

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  25. ^ Heinrich Campaign Finances
  26. ^ Wilson Campaign Finances
  27. ^ Barrie Campaign Finances
  28. ^ Top Contributors 2012 Race: New Mexico Senate, Center for Responsive Politics
  29. ^ Donors by Industries (opensecrets.org)

External links

  • Elections from the New Mexico secretary of state
  • Financial information from OpenSecrets.org
  • Outside spending at Sunlight Foundation
  • Candidate issue positions at On the Issues
Official campaign websites
  • Jon Barrie for U.S. Senate
  • Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate
  • Heather Wilson for U.S. Senate
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