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2018 United States Senate election in New Mexico

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The 2018 United States Senate election in New Mexico took place on November 6, 2018, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of New Mexico, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate, elections to the United States House of Representatives, and various state and local elections.

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2018

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Turnout55.03%
  Heinrich Official Headshot 2019 (cropped).jpg Mick Rich, NM GOP Senate candidate (43627127715) (cropped).jpg Gary Johnson campaign portrait.jpg
Nominee Martin Heinrich Mick Rich Gary Johnson
Party Democratic Republican Libertarian
Popular vote 376,998 212,813 107,201
Percentage 54.09% 30.53% 15.38%

New Mexico Senate Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County results

Heinrich:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Rich:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Martin Heinrich
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Martin Heinrich
Democratic

Incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich won reelection to a second term.[1] His opponents were Republican nominee and businessman Mick Rich and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, a two-term Republican Governor of New Mexico and two time candidate for President of the United States.

The candidate filing deadline was March 13, 2018. The Republican and Democratic primary elections were held June 5, 2018.[2] Johnson's results were the highest results for a Libertarian candidate in New Mexico history.

Contents

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results, New Mexico 2018[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin Heinrich (incumbent) 152,145 100%
Total votes 152,145 100%

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Mick Rich, businessman[4]

DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results, New Mexico 2018[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Rich 67,502 100%
Total votes 67,502 100%

Libertarian primaryEdit

On July 30, 2018, nominee Aubrey Dunn withdrew from the race. On August 4, former governor Gary Johnson was formally nominated by the Libertarian Party of New Mexico as Dunn's replacement.[8] Johnson accepted his party's nomination on August 13.[9]

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

Withdrew nominationEdit

ResultsEdit

Libertarian primary results, New Mexico 2018[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Aubrey Dunn 623 100%
Total votes 623 100%

General electionEdit

DebatesEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Martin Heinrich (D)
U.S. Senators
Organizations
Mick Rich (R)
Governors
U.S. Representatives
Individuals
Organizations
Gary Johnson (L)
Governors
U.S. Senators
Statewide officials
State Representatives
Local officeholders
Journalists
Newspapers
Organizations
  • Libertarian Youth Caucus[37]
  • New Mexico Open Primaries[38]

PredictionsEdit

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[39] Solid D November 1, 2018
Inside Elections[40] Solid D November 1, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[41] Safe D November 1, 2018
Fox News[42] Likely D November 1, 2018
CNN[43] Solid D November 1, 2018
RealClearPolitics[44] Safe D November 1, 2018
FiveThirtyEight[45] Solid D November 1, 2018

^Highest rating given

PollingEdit

On November 2, Carroll Strategies admitted to a mistake in their poll that had replaced Johnson's name with that of someone else, thus causing what was believed to have been a lower-than-expected total for Johnson. Carroll Strategies later apologized for the mistake,[46] and re-surveyed the race on the night of November 1.[47]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Martin
Heinrich (D)
Mick
Rich (R)
Gary
Johnson (L)
Undecided
Research Co. November 1–3, 2018 450 ± 4.6% 47% 33% 11% 9%
Carroll Strategies November 1, 2018 1,202 ± 2.8% 51% 38% 8% 3%
Research & Polling, Inc. October 26 – November 1, 2018 993 ± 3.1% 51% 31% 12% 6%
Emerson College October 24–26, 2018 936 ± 3.4% 48% 32% 16% 5%
Pacific Market Research October 19–24, 2018 400 ± 4.9% 40% 28% 22% 11%
NSON Opinion Strategy (L) September 20–24, 2018 932 36% 10% 28% 26%
In Lux Research (L-Elect Liberty PAC) September 16–17, 2018 900 38% 10% 28% 24%
Research & Polling, Inc. September 7–13, 2018 966 ± 3.1% 47% 26% 16%
In Lux Research (L-Elect Liberty PAC) August 2018 900 38% 13% 28% 21%
Emerson College August 17–18, 2018 500 ± 4.6% 39% 11% 21% 30%
GQR Research (D-TMI) August 2–5, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 48% 33% 17% 2%
GBA Strategies (D-Heinrich) August 1–5, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 47% 29% 22%
The Tarrance Group (R-Rich) July 31 – August 2, 2018 500 ± 4.5% 44% 30% 20% 6%
NSON Opinion Strategy (L) July 2018 500 39% 25% 23% 12%

ResultsEdit

United States Senate election in New Mexico, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Martin Heinrich (incumbent) 376,998 54.09% +3.08%
Republican Mick Rich 212,813 30.53% -14.75%
Libertarian Gary Johnson 107,201 15.38% N/A
Total votes 697,012 100% N/A
Democratic hold

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Lee, Morgan (April 19, 2017). "New Mexico construction contractor announces US Senate bid". KOB. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Libertarian Party gets a boost in NM". Nmpoliticalreport.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  6. ^ Keithley, Tim (November 23, 2016). "Turkey talk: Political drama on the horizon in 2018". Ruidoso News. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "New Mexico Governor Rules Out Senate Run". U.S. News & World Report. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Libertarian Party courts Gary Johnson for Senate run". Associated Press. Associated Press.
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  13. ^ "Retirees Celebrate Social Security's 83rd Anniversary by Endorsing Senator Heinrich - Retired Americans". Retired Americans. August 23, 2018.
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  18. ^ "Sierra Club #ClimateVoter Guide: Endorsements". Sierraclub.org. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
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  20. ^ "New Mexico – Official UAW Endorsements". Uawendorsements.org. United Automobile Workers.
  21. ^ @MickRich4Senate (September 6, 2018). "With Gov. Susana Martinez at the Carlsbad Mayor's Energy Summit. #NMpol #NMsen #Carlsbad #oil&gas" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Steve Pearce Endorses Mick Rich for U.S. Senate". Mick Rich for U.S. Senate. September 20, 2018.
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  25. ^ "National Right To Life Committee Endorses Mick Rich". Mick Rich for U.S. Senate. July 31, 2018.
  26. ^ Mick Rich. "I'm honored today to be endorsed by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors PAC. Thank you! I am the only conservative and pro-business candidate in New Mexico's race for U.S. Senate. #NMpol #NMsen". Twitter.
  27. ^ "Bill Weld". Facebook. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Sen. Rand Paul Backs Libertarian Senate Candidate". The Associated Press. August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  29. ^ Keller, Megan (August 28, 2018). "Rand Paul endorses Gary Johnson's Senate bid". The Hill. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
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  32. ^ "Endorsements". Gary Johnson Official Campaign Site. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  33. ^ @Mark4Gov (August 28, 2018). "Thank you @RandPaul for supporting the very best candidate for senate in New Mexico, @GovGaryJohnson!!#principlesoverparty#riseofthelibertarians#endtwopartyrule" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  34. ^ Welch, Matt (August 31, 2018). "Eric Brakey, Republican Senate Candidate in Maine, Endorses Gary Johnson". Reason. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  35. ^ @nickgillespie (August 14, 2018). "Very excited at this news about @GovGaryJohnson running as @LPNational candidate for Senate in NM! Stand by for more @MattWelch coverage reason.com/blog/2018/08/14/its-happening-gary-johnson-running-for-s … @GovBillWeld" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  46. ^ Wang, Joy. "After polling error, Gary Johnson's camp questions validity of new poll". KOB4. KOB4. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  47. ^ "Heinrich maintains lead in new U.S. Senate poll". KOB4. KOB4. Retrieved 4 November 2018.

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