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United States presidential election in New Mexico, 1912

United States presidential election in New Mexico, 1912

November 5, 1912

 
Nominee Woodrow Wilson William H. Taft
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New Jersey Ohio
Running mate Thomas R. Marshall Nicholas M. Butler
Electoral vote 3 0
Popular vote 20,437 17,733
Percentage 41.39% 35.91%

 
Nominee Theodore Roosevelt Eugene V. Debs
Party Progressive Socialist
Home state New York Indiana
Running mate Hiram Johnson Emil Seidel
Electoral vote 0 0
Popular vote 8,347 2,859
Percentage 16.9% 5.79%

President before election

William Howard Taft
Republican

Elected President

Woodrow Wilson
Democratic

The 1912 United States presidential election in New Mexico was the first Federal Presidential Election in which New Mexico participated. It took place on November 5, 1912, and all 48 States participated in the election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson, in what was perhaps the most politically diverse election in United States history.[1] Running for reelection against the reformist policies of Wilson was William H. Taft, who secured the Republican nomination over Theodore Roosevelt. To counter not receiving the Republican nomination, Roosevelt then ran for President under his own Bull-Moose Party. New Mexico is indicative of this critical split in the industrialist Republican Party, because Wilson was able to attain victory, both in the State and nationally, with about 40% of the vote. The Socialist Party of America had its best year on record under Socialist Party star Eugene V. Debs, who garnered almost 6% of the electorate in New Mexico, and nationally.

This election is also notable for the State of New Mexico, in that the State was carried by a majority of smaller counties voting for Wilson, against the much larger Bernalillo and Santa Fe Counties, which voted for Roosevelt and Taft, respectively.

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