New Mexico - Governor

as of October 31

The Candidates

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Diane Denish

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: March 7, 1949
  • Residence: Albuquerque, NM

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Susana Martinez

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: July 14, 1959
  • Residence: Las Cruces, NM

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Previous Results

    New Mexico Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Bill Richardson DEM 384,806 68.8%
    John Dendahl REP 174,364 31.2%

    U.S. President: New Mexico (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 472,422 56.9%
    John McCain REP 346,832 41.8%
    Ralph Nader IND 5,327 0.6%
    Bob Barr LIB 2,428 0.3%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 1,597 0.2%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 1,552 0.2%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 31, 2010

New Cook Political Report Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    Oct 26, 2010

    New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Oct 19, 2010

      A Shift Toward Martinez In N.M. Race

      Republican Susana Martinez has opened up a slight lead over Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who has served with term-limited (and now unpopular) Gov. Bill Richardson for eight years. -Ken Rudin

        Oct 12, 2010

        New NPR Rating

        Lean-R (was Toss-up)

          Sep 2, 2010

          Governor's Seat Up For Grabs In N.M.

          Incumbent Bill Richardson (D), first elected in 2002, is term limited. The former Cabinet official and presidential wannabe remains a larger-than-life figure in New Mexico. When he was tapped to join the Obama administration, the state was preparing for Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) to take over the reins.

          When the offer to Richardson was rescinded, following reports of a pay-to-play scandal, Denish was reduced to being simply one of two candidates running for governor. The other is the Republican candidate, Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez. Martinez has been at pains to campaign as a moderate, and thus her endorsement by Sarah Palin is seen to be of questionable value. But Denish also has to show independence from Richardson, whose numbers have tumbled since the whiff of scandal torpedoed his chances of moving to Washington. -Ken Rudin

          New NPR Rating



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