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United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the three U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's three congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election, and a U.S. Senate election.


United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012 [1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic 422,189 55.11% 2 2 -
Republican 343,269 44.81% 1 1 -
Independent (Write-In) 173 0.02% -
Green Party (Write-In) 459 0.06% -
Totals 766,090 100% 3 3 -


District 1

Incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich, first elected in 2008, did not seek re-election, but will instead run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Bingaman.[2]

Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Bernalillo County Commissioner, won the Democratic nomination to succeed Heinrich.[3] She defeated former Albuquerque mayor Marty Chávez[4] and state Senator Eric Griego.[5]

Former state Representative Janice Arnold-Jones won the Republican nomination without opposition.[6][7]

Dan Lewis, a member of the Albuquerque City Council, had decided to seek the Republican nomination[8] but dropped out of the race in March 2012.[7] Army veteran Gary Smith had also decided to seek the nomination,[9] but was deemed ineligible and removed from the ballot in April 2012.[10] Businessman Jon Barela, who unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee in 2010 and now serves as secretary of the state's Economic Development Department, chose not to run.[11]

General Election Results

New Mexico 1st Congressional District 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michelle Lujan Grisham 162,924 59.06%
Republican Janice E.Arnold-Jones 112,473 40.77%
Green Jeanne Pahls (Write-In) 459 0.17%
Totals 275,856 100.0%

External links
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham campaign website
  • Janice Arnold-Jones campaign website

District 2

Incumbent Republican Steve Pearce was elected in 2010, having previously served from 2003 until 2009. Pearce is seeking re-election.[12]

Evelyn Madrid Erhard, a former teacher at New Mexico State University, won the Democratic nomination unopposed to challenge Pearce.[13][14]

Frank McKinnon, a businessman who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2008, had also decided to seek the Democratic nomination,[15] but did not receive the required percentage of delegates at the pre-primary convention to qualify for the primary ballot.[14] Martin Resendiz, the mayor of Sunland Park, dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination in October 2011 following a scandal.[16] State Representative Nate Cote;[17] and former U.S. Representative Harry Teague, who represented the district from 2009 until 2011,[18] chose not to run.

General Election Results

New Mexico 2nd Congressional District 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (Incumbent) 133,180 59.06%
Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 92,162 40.87%
Independent Jack A. McGrann (Write-In) 173 0.8%
Totals 225,515 100.0%

External links
  • Evelyn Madrid Erhard campaign website
  • Steve Pearce campaign website

District 3

Incumbent Democrat Ben R. Luján was first elected in 2008. In April 2011 Luján declined to enter the U.S. Senate race, and instead chose to seek re-election to the House of Representatives.[19]

Sean Closson, an artist and hotel worker,[20] and former Santa Fe County Executive Harry Montoya,[21] had planned to challenge Luján in the Democratic primary; however, neither Closson nor Montoya received the required percentage of delegates at the pre-primary convention to qualify for the primary ballot.[14]

Rancher Jeff Byrd[22] defeated businessman Rick Newton[23] to win the Republican nomination to challenge Luján.[24]

General Election Results

New Mexico 3rd Congressional District 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben R. Lujan (Incumbent) 167,103 63.12%
Republican Jefferson L. Byrd 97,616 36.88%
Totals 264,719 100.0%

External links
  • Jeff Byrd campaign website
  • Ben Ray Luján campaign website


  1. ^ a b c d "Statewide Results". New Mexico Secretary of State. 
  2. ^ Blake, Aaron (April 2, 2011). "Heinrich to run for Senate in New Mexico".  
  3. ^ "Lujan Grisham wins hotly contested CD-1 primary".  
  4. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (June 29, 2011). "Ex-Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez Running in 1st District".  
  5. ^ Miller, Sean J. (May 2, 2011). "Field grows in race for Heinrich's NM House seat".  
  6. ^ Flores, Danielle (July 16, 2011). "Second Republican enters Congressional race".  
  7. ^ a b Reichbach, Matthew (March 20, 2012). "Dan Lewis drops out of congressional race". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Haussamen, Heath (April 4, 2011). "Lewis formally enters congressional race". Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Trygstad, Kyle (November 3, 2011). "Sierra Club Backs Eric Griego in New Mexico Primary".  
  10. ^ Reichbach, Matthew (April 16, 2012). "CD1: District court judge takes Smith off GOP primary ballot". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ Haussamen, Heath (January 21, 2012). "Barela won't run for CD1 seat". Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Pearce re-election committee has balance of $682K".  
  13. ^ "Mesilla Democrat Seeks 2nd Congressional District Seat".  
  14. ^ a b c Reichbach, Matthew (March 10, 2012). "Heinrich, Griego win pre-primaries, Balderas with a strong showing". New Mexico Telegram. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Democratic longshot takes on Steve Pearce". Capitol Report New Mexico. November 5, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sunland Park mayor won't run for Congress".  
  17. ^ Haussamen, Heath (June 29, 2011). "Congressional run isn't likely, Cote says". Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Harry Teague: I won't run again".  
  19. ^ Catanese, David (April 25, 2011). "Ben Ray Lujan won't run for Senate".  
  20. ^ Terrell, Steve (November 18, 2011). "Artist, hotel worker takes on Luján in Democratic primary".  
  21. ^ Haussamen, Heath (January 20, 2012). "Montoya to challenge Luján in CD3 Dem primary". Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ Simonich, Milan (May 11, 2012). "Congressional candidate urges 2,000-mile barricade along US southern border".  
  23. ^ Terrell, Steve (October 31, 2011). "Security-tech entrepreneur seeks to challenge Rep. Luján".  
  24. ^ AP results

External links

  • Elections from the New Mexico Secretary of State
  • United States House of Representatives elections in New Mexico, 2012 at Ballotpedia
  • New Mexico U.S. House at
  • Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in New Mexico at
  • Outside spending at the Sunlight Foundation
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