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Mapping New Mexico’s vote
The Republican takeover of New Mexico’s state House was the big news from the Nov. 4 election.
Using vote tallies from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office as of Nov. 17, New Mexico In Depth mapped the state House outcomes, as well as the results for the U.S. Senate and governor’s races.
First, the House.
From the start, 14 Republican and 20 Democratic seats were uncontested. Two seats featured Democrats versus write-in candidates, while two others featured independent candidates.
Five seats switched from Democratic to Republican, while one seat switched the other way.
The open seat in District 53 located in Dona Ana County, former GOP Rep. Ricky Little handily defeated Democrat Mariaelana Johnson, 62 percent to 38 percent.
Republicans in the other four seats that switched won with 52 percent to 54 percent of the vote:
Former Democratic Rep. Andrew Nunez who ran as a Republican on Tuesday defeated incumbent Rep. Phillip Archuleta 54 percent to 46 percent in District 36 in the Las Cruces area.
John Zimmerman defeated incumbent Rep. Rodolpho Martinez 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent in District 39 in Las Cruces.
Sarah Maestas Barnes defeated incumbent Rep. Emily Kane 52 percent to 48 percent in District 15 in Albuquerque.
Former Rep. Conrad James defeated incumbent Rep. Elizabeth Thomson 52 percent to 48 percent in District 24 in Albuquerque.
The lone Democratic turnover was Matthew McQueen’s 54 percent to 46 percent defeat of GOP Rep. Vickie Perea, appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez in District 50 near Santa Fe.
Scroll over counties in the map below to get vote totals and percentages.
2014 New Mexico House race results
Udall vs. Weh
Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Tom Udall won 19 counties to Republican challenger Allen Weh’s 14.
But margins within counties were typically lopsided, whether a county went for Udall or Weh. Only four counties had win margins for a candidate of 4 percentage points or less.
In Lea County, for instance, Weh took 74 percent of the vote. In Taos County, Udall took 81 percent of the vote.
2014 New Mexico U.S. Senate results
Martinez vs. King
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez won 28 counties to Democrat Gary King’s 5. The race was close only in McKinley County, where Martinez took 50.2 percent of the vote to King’s 49.8 percent.
King won Santa Fe county with 67.5 percent of the vote, while Martinez performed best in Catron, where she won 82.4 percent.
But Martinez won 60 percent or more of the vote in 21 counties.
2014 New Mexico governor’s race vote
Fish, NMID’s data journalist, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @fishnette.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]