1982 United States Senate election in New Mexico

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1982 United States Senate election in New Mexico

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  Jeff-Bingaman.jpg Sen Harrison Schmitt.jpg
Nominee Jeff Bingaman Harrison Schmitt
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 217,682 187,128
Percentage 53.8% 46.2%

New Mexico Senatorial Election Results by County, 1982.svg
County results
Bingaman:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Schmitt:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Harrison Schmitt

Elected U.S. Senator

Jeff Bingaman

The 1982 United States Senate election in New Mexico took place on November 3, 1982. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Harrison Schmitt was running for re-election to a second term, but lost to Democrat Jeff Bingaman.


Schmitt was seen as the weakest Republican Senator up for election.[1]

Major candidates[edit]




Bingaman ran advertisements that criticized Schmitt's views on a minimum Social Security and mining on federally protected land.[2] Schmitt countered these ads by criticizing Bingaman's work as attorney general, citing the handling of the 1980 state prison riot and asking the governor to pardon an inmate that was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.[2] Another ad that Bingaman ran asked, "What on Earth has he done for you lately?"[3]

The two negative ads that Schmitt ran were received poorly and later pulled.[1]


The turnout was approximately 70%.[1]

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 1982[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jeff Bingaman 217,682 53.77% +11.07%
Republican Harrison Schmitt (incumbent) 187,128 46.23% -10.59%
Majority 30,554 7.55% -6.57%
Turnout 404,810
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


Schmitt thought the media was biased against him during the campaign.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Reinhold, Robert (November 3, 1982). "Schmitt Loses New Mexico Senate Seat". New York Times. p. A23. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Schmitt prepares to leave office". Manitowoc Herald-Times. Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Associated Press. November 29, 1982. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "The Astronauts Who Went to the Moon - The 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - TIME". TIME.com. July 16, 2009.
  4. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1982election.pdf