2012 United States presidential election in New Mexico

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United States presidential election in New Mexico, 2012

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Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 5 0
Popular vote 415,335 335,788
Percentage 52.99% 42.84%

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County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

The 2012 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. This was the 25th U.S. presidential election in which New Mexico participated. New Mexico voters chose five electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan.

Prior to the election, 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state. President Obama and Vice President Biden carried New Mexico with 52.99% of the vote to Mitt Romney's 42.84%, a victory margin of 10.15 percentage points. Libertarian Gary Johnson, a former Republican who served two terms as Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, garnered 3.55% of the vote, his strongest statewide performance in the nation, and the strongest 3rd party showing in the state since 2000 (although that was easily surpassed by Johnson in 2016, when he received nearly 10% of the vote in New Mexico).

General election[edit]

Candidate Ballot Access:

  • Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, Republican
  • Barack Obama/Joseph Biden, Democratic
  • Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, Libertarian
  • Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, Green
  • Virgil Goode/Jim Clymer, Constitution
  • Rocky Anderson/Luis J. Rodriguez, Justice

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in New Mexico, 2012[1]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 415,335 52.99% 5
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 335,788 42.84% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 27,788 3.55% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 2,691 0.34% 0
Justice Rocky Anderson Luis J. Rodriguez 1,177 0.15% 0
Constitution Virgil Goode Jim Clymer 983 0.13% 0
Totals 783,756 100.00% 5

By county[edit]

County Obama Votes Romney Votes Others Votes Total
Bernalillo 55.63% 150,739 39.27% 106,408 5.10% 13,822 270,969
Catron 26.38% 560 70.37% 1,494 3.25% 69 2,123
Chaves 32.54% 6,604 64.50% 13,088 2.96% 600 20,292
Cibola 60.18% 4,961 36.37% 2,998 3.45% 284 8,243
Colfax 49.06% 2,828 46.83% 2,699 4.11% 237 5,764
Curry 29.52% 4,022 67.90% 9,251 2.58% 352 13,625
DeBaca 31.82% 287 64.97% 586 3.22% 29 902
Doña Ana 55.91% 37,139 41.13% 27,322 2.95% 1,962 66,423
Eddy 31.88% 6,142 65.30% 12,583 2.82% 544 19,269
Grant 54.95% 7,090 41.53% 5,358 3.52% 454 12,902
Guadalupe 69.70% 1,488 26.09% 557 4.22% 90 2,135
Harding 43.26% 260 54.41% 327 2.33% 14 601
Hidalgo 51.42% 995 46.46% 899 2.12% 41 1,935
Lea 23.98% 4,080 73.75% 12,548 2.27% 387 17,015
Lincoln 31.83% 2,942 64.50% 5,961 3.67% 339 9,242
Los Alamos 48.72% 5,191 45.02% 4,796 6.26% 667 10,654
Luna 47.77% 3,583 48.93% 3,670 3.29% 247 7,500
McKinley 72.24% 15,841 25.29% 5,546 2.47% 542 21,929
Mora 74.88% 1,955 22.79% 595 2.34% 61 2,611
Otero 34.12% 6,829 62.22% 12,451 3.66% 732 20,012
Quay 37.31% 1,383 59.40% 2,202 3.29% 122 3,707
Rio Arriba 74.72% 11,465 22.14% 3,397 3.13% 481 15,343
Roosevelt 28.93% 1,727 67.73% 4,043 3.33% 199 5,969
San Juan 34.29% 15,855 62.39% 28,849 3.31% 1,533 46,237
San Miguel 76.90% 8,850 20.01% 2,303 3.09% 356 11,509
Sandoval 50.36% 27,236 45.10% 24,387 4.54% 2,455 54,078
Santa Fe 73.47% 50,872 22.38% 15,500 4.15% 2,873 69,245
Sierra 38.49% 1,964 57.39% 2,928 4.12% 210 5,102
Socorro 56.42% 4,058 37.84% 2,722 5.74% 413 7,193
Taos 78.09% 11,978 17.80% 2,730 4.11% 631 15,339
Torrance 37.93% 2,428 55.12% 3,529 6.95% 445 6,402
Union 26.83% 472 70.27% 1,236 2.90% 51 1,759
Valencia 48.73% 13,511 46.25% 12,825 5.02% 1,392 27,728

Democratic caucuses[edit]

The Democratic caucus in New Mexico was uncontested as no one challenged Obama for the nomination. As a result, all of the state's 50 delegates were allocated to Obama.

Republican primary[edit]

New Mexico Republican primary, 2012

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Candidate Mitt Romney Rick Santorum
Home state Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Delegate count 20 0
Popular vote 65,935 9,517
Percentage 73.17% 10.56%

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Candidate Ron Paul Newt Gingrich
Home state Texas Georgia
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 9,363 5,928
Percentage 10.39% 5.88%

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New Mexico results by county
  Mitt Romney
(Note: Italicization indicates a withdrawn candidacy)

The New Mexico Republican 2012 primary was proclaimed under state law on 30 January 2012,[2] to take place on 5 June 2012.[2][3] Under New Mexico law it is a closed primary, with only registered members of the New Mexico Republican Party being eligible to vote in the Republican primary.[4] 20 delegates will be chosen, for a total of 23 delegates to go to the national convention.

Federal offices[edit]

  • President of the United States: This is a "proportional primary". The twenty delegates to the National Republican Convention are bound proportionally, according to the percentage of votes received, to presidential contenders who receive 15% or more of the primary vote statewide.[5]
  • United States Senate: A single candidate to run for the seat formerly held by Jeff Bingaman.
  • United States House of Representatives: One candidate from each of the three congressional districts.

Statewide offices[edit]

Results of the presidential voting[edit]

New Mexico Republican primary, 2012[7]
Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
America Symbol.svg Mitt Romney 65,935 73.2% 20
Rick Santorum 9,517 10.56% 0
Ron Paul 9,363 10.39% 0
Newt Gingrich 5,298 5.88% 0
Unpledged delegates: 3
Total: 90,113 100.0% 23
Key: Withdrew prior to contest

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "New Mexico Secretary of State". Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  2. ^ a b c d Martinez, Susana (30 January 2012) "Primary Election Proclamation", archived at Archived 2012-02-06 at WebCite by Webcite on 6 February 2012
  3. ^ "Primary and Caucus Printable Calendar". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "In a primary election, a voter shall not be permitted to vote for a candidate of a party different from the party designation shown on the voter's certificate of registration." New Mexico Statutes Annotated §1-12-7.2(D) (2011), archived by Webcite at Archived 2012-02-06 at WebCite on 6 February 2012
  5. ^ "each candidate and the uncommitted category shall be entitled to a share of the total vote allotted to the delegation that is equal to the proportion that the vote he received in the presidential primary bears to the total combined vote received by all qualified candidates; provided that no candidate shall be excluded who has received at least fifteen percent of the total vote cast for candidates for president of that party, and no candidate shall be excluded in violation of any political party rule" New Mexico Statutes Annotated §1-15A-9(C)(1) (2011), archived by Webcite at Archived 2012-02-06 at WebCite on 6 February 2012
  6. ^ Barbati, Duane (1 February 2012) "Appeals judge wants to retain seat" Alamogordo Daily News, archive at Archived 2012-02-06 at WebCite by Webcite on 6 February 2012
  7. ^ Secretary of State official election results Archived July 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.

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