1976 United States presidential election in New Mexico

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United States presidential election in New Mexico, 1976

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Nominee Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Michigan Georgia
Running mate Bob Dole Walter Mondale
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 211,419 201,148
Percentage 50.8% 48.3%

President before election

Gerald Ford
Republican

Elected President

Jimmy Carter
Democratic

The 1976 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 2, 1976. All fifty states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1976 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by President Gerald Ford by a 2-point lead. A very partisan election in New Mexico, only one percent of the electorate voted for third-party candidates.[1] While Ford took the State of New Mexico, and much of the American Southwest and Midwest, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the electoral college with 297 votes, and was elected President.

A reliable bellwether state in presidential elections, this was the first election since gaining statehood that New Mexico did not back the winning presidential candidate. This has only happened in two other presidential elections, 2000 and 2016, thus making this the only instance in which New Mexico has gone to a candidate that lost the overall popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Torrance County and Quay County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.[2]

Results[edit]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral
vote
Running mate
Count Percentage Vice-presidential candidate Home state Electoral vote
Gerald Ford Republican Michigan 211,419 50.75% 4 Bob Dole Kansas 4
Jimmy Carter Democratic Georgia 201,148 48.28% 0 Walter Mondale Minnesota 0
Peter Camejo Socialist Workers California 2,462 0.59% 0 Willie Mae Reid Illinois 0
Roger MacBride Libertarian Virginia 1,110 0.27% 0 David Bergland California 0
Frank Zeidler Socialist Wisconsin 240 0.06% 0 J. Quinn Brisben Illinois 0
Benjamin Bubar Prohibition Maine 211 0.05% 0 Earl Dodge Colorado 0
Total 416,590 100% 4 4
Needed to win 270 270

Results by county[edit]

Gerald Rudolph Ford
Republican
James Earl Carter
Democratic
Various candidates
Other parties
Margin
County # % # % # % # %
Los Alamos 5,383 64.43% 2,890 34.59% 82 0.98% 2,493 29.84%
Lincoln 2,320 61.64% 1,415 37.59% 29 0.77% 905 24.04%
Chaves 10,631 59.26% 7,139 39.79% 170 0.95% 3,492 19.46%
Harding 387 57.08% 285 42.04% 6 0.88% 102 15.04%
Lea 8,773 56.82% 6,533 42.31% 135 0.87% 2,240 14.51%
San Juan 10,852 55.13% 8,615 43.77% 216 1.10% 2,237 11.37%
Curry 6,232 54.87% 5,004 44.06% 122 1.07% 1,228 10.81%
Bernalillo 76,614 53.98% 63,949 45.06% 1,363 0.96% 12,665 8.92%
Union 1,146 53.30% 975 45.35% 29 1.35% 171 7.95%
Catron 602 53.18% 517 45.67% 13 1.15% 85 7.51%
Doña Ana 13,888 53.09% 12,036 46.01% 233 0.89% 1,852 7.08%
Otero 5,914 52.10% 5,333 46.98% 105 0.92% 581 5.12%
Sierra 1,665 51.04% 1,564 47.95% 33 1.01% 101 3.10%
Roosevelt 3,269 50.85% 3,111 48.39% 49 0.76% 158 2.46%
Luna 2,966 50.25% 2,872 48.65% 65 1.10% 94 1.59%
Quay 2,059 49.08% 2,095 49.94% 41 0.98% -36 -0.86%
Torrance 1,462 48.54% 1,526 50.66% 24 0.80% -64 -2.12%
Hidalgo 891 48.56% 938 51.12% 6 0.33% -47 -2.56%
De Baca 556 47.93% 597 51.47% 7 0.60% -41 -3.53%
Valencia 7,851 47.43% 8,566 51.75% 136 0.82% -715 -4.32%
Socorro 2,265 45.86% 2,606 52.76% 68 1.38% -341 -6.90%
Eddy 7,698 45.59% 9,073 53.73% 115 0.68% -1,375 -8.14%
Colfax 2,259 45.13% 2,718 54.29% 29 0.58% -459 -9.17%
Santa Fe 11,576 44.53% 14,127 54.34% 294 1.13% -2,551 -9.81%
Sandoval 4,110 44.34% 5,072 54.72% 87 0.94% -962 -10.38%
Grant 4,095 43.90% 5,176 55.49% 57 0.61% -1,081 -11.59%
Guadalupe 1,047 42.68% 1,379 56.22% 27 1.10% -332 -13.53%
Taos 3,012 40.07% 4,414 58.72% 91 1.21% -1,402 -18.65%
McKinley 4,617 39.83% 6,856 59.14% 120 1.04% -2,239 -19.31%
Mora 904 38.29% 1,438 60.91% 19 0.80% -534 -22.62%
San Miguel 3,162 37.17% 5,204 61.17% 141 1.66% -2,042 -24.00%
Rio Arriba 3,213 30.75% 7,125 68.19% 111 1.06% -3,912 -37.44%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976 Presidential General Election Results – New Mexico". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016