United States presidential elections in New Mexico

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in New Mexico, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1912, New Mexico has participated in every U.S. presidential election.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[a]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 319,667 40.04 Hillary Clinton 385,234 48.26 - 5
2012 Barack Obama 415,335 52.99 Mitt Romney 335,788 42.84 - 5
2008 Barack Obama 472,422 56.91 John McCain 346,832 41.78 - 5
2004 George W. Bush 376,930 49.84 John Kerry 370,942 49.05 - 5
2000 George W. Bush 286,417 47.85 Al Gore 286,783 47.91 - 5
1996 Bill Clinton 273,495 49.18 Bob Dole 232,751 41.86 Ross Perot 32,257 5.80 5
1992 Bill Clinton 261,617 45.90 George H. W. Bush 212,824 37.34 Ross Perot 91,895 16.12 5
1988 George H. W. Bush 270,341 51.86 Michael Dukakis 244,497 46.90 - 5
1984 Ronald Reagan 307,101 59.70 Walter Mondale 201,769 39.23 - 5
1980 Ronald Reagan 250,779 54.97 Jimmy Carter 167,826 36.78 John B. Anderson 29,459 6.46 4
1976 Jimmy Carter 201,148 48.28 Gerald Ford 211,419 50.75 - 4
1972 Richard Nixon 235,606 61.05 George McGovern 141,084 36.56 - 4
1968 Richard Nixon 169,692 51.85 Hubert Humphrey 130,081 39.75 George Wallace 25,737 7.86 4
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 194,017 59.22 Barry Goldwater 131,838 40.24 - 4
1960 John F. Kennedy 156,027 50.15 Richard Nixon 153,733 49.41 - 4
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 146,788 57.81 Adlai Stevenson II 106,098 41.78 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[b]
364 0.14 4
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 132,170 55.39 Adlai Stevenson II 105,661 44.28 - 4
1948 Harry S. Truman 105,464 56.38 Thomas E. Dewey 80,303 42.93 Strom Thurmond - 4
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 81,389 53.47 Thomas E. Dewey 70,688 46.44 - 4
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 103,699 56.59 Wendell Willkie 79,315 43.28 - 3
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 106,037 62.69 Alf Landon 61,727 36.50 - 3
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 95,089 62.72 Herbert Hoover 54,217 35.76 - 3
1928 Herbert Hoover 69,645 59.01 Al Smith 48,211 40.85 - 3
1924 Calvin Coolidge 54,745 48.52 John W. Davis 48,542 43.02 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 9,543 8.46 3
1920 Warren G. Harding 57,634 54.68 James M. Cox 46,668 44.27 Parley P. Christensen 1,104 1.05 3
1916 Woodrow Wilson 33,527 50.20 Charles E. Hughes 31,152 46.64 - 3
1912 Woodrow Wilson 20,437 41.39 Theodore Roosevelt 8,347 16.90 William H. Taft 17,733 35.91 3
Presidential elections in New Mexico
Map of the United States with New Mexico highlighted
No. of elections27
Voted Democratic13
Voted Republican14
Voted other0
Voted for winning candidate24
Voted for losing candidate3

Notes

  1. ^ For purposes of these lists, other national candidates are defined as those who won at least one electoral vote, or won at least ten percent of the vote in multiple states.
  2. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
1912 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1912 United States presidential election in New Mexico was the first Federal Presidential Election in which New Mexico participated. It took place on November 5, 1912, and all contemporary forty-eight States participated in the election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

1920 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1920 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 2, 1920. All contemporary forty-eight States were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

1924 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1924 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 4, 1924. All contemporary forty-eight state were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by incumbent President Calvin Coolidge, who ran against West Virginia Congressman John W. Davis, and Progressive Party icon Robert La Follette. That Coolidge won New Mexico with less than half of the vote is telling of the critical split his opponents between a conservative Southern Democrat compromise candidate and the more radical Progressive Party.

1928 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1928 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 6, 1928. All contemporary forty-eight states were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1932 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1932 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 8, 1932. All contemporary forty-eight states were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt in a 27-point sweep-out landslide against incumbent president Herbert Hoover, who failed to gain reelection.

1940 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1940 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 5, 1940. All 48 States were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose three electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a 13-point landslide against Republican businessman Wendell Willkie. This was the only election in United States history where a President was elected to serve a third full term.

1944 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1944 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 7, 1944. All forty-eight contemporary States were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President. A larger relative population in New Mexico increased the number of presidential electors from the state to four, from three in the previous election cycle.

New Mexico was won by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt, against Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey, who was making his first bid for the presidency.

1948 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1948 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 2, 1948. All 48 States were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by incumbent President Harry S. Truman, who took the Oval Office after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Running against Truman was Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey, who was strongly predicted to win the contest. Dixiecrat candidate Strom Thurmond took portions of the South, but was not even on the ballot in New Mexico and other Western states.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Union County and Harding County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1952 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1952 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 4, 1952. All 48 States were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by World War II hero and supreme allied commander Dwight D. Eisenhower by a wide 11 percentage point margin. Running against Eisenhower was Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson, who only carried the majority of the American South during his two runs for the presidency. This was the tenth consecutive U.S. Presidential Election which New Mexico participated in.

1956 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1956 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 6, 1956. All 48 states were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which voted for President and Vice President.

New Mexico was won by incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower by a 16-point landslide. Running against Eisenhower was former Governor of Illinois Adlai Stevenson, whom Eisenhower had earlier defeated for the Presidency in 1952. This election reflected one of the last election cycles where the Democratic Party still had their post Civil War political domination of the Deep South. This was also the last United States presidential election when either major party nominee was born in the nineteenth century.

As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Rio Arriba County and San Miguel County voted for a Republican presidential candidate.

1960 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1960 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 8, 1960. This was the first year where all 50 current states were part of the United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1964 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1964 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 3, 1964. All fifty states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1964 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by President Lyndon Johnson in a 19-point landslide. Johnson had won after serving as President for one year following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater lost most of the United States in this election, except for his home state and portions of the American South. Goldwater won only three counties: the Plains counties of Union and Harding, which as of the 2016 presidential election have never voted Democratic since 1948, and Lincoln County, which has never voted Democratic since 1936. Even in these, Goldwater won only narrowly: his highest proportion of the vote was only 52.55 percent in Lincoln County. Four other normally reliably Republican counties – San Juan, Curry, Chaves and Catron – were narrowly won by Johnson and have never voted for a Democrat since. This is also the last time the southeastern counties of Roosevelt, Otero and Lea have voted Democratic.At the other extreme, Grant and Sandoval Counties both gave Johnson over seventy percent of the vote, and the populous counties of Santa Fe and Taos also gave him over two-thirds.

1968 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1968 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 5, 1968. All fifty states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

1972 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1972 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 7, 1972. This was the fifteenth Presidential Election which New Mexico participated in.

All fifty states plus The District of Columbia, were part of this presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for the President and Vice President. South Dakota Senator George McGovern was nominated to run against Nixon, and was defeated in one of the most lopsided elections in United States history. McGovern lost every state except Massachusetts to Nixon.New Mexico was won by President Richard Nixon by a 24-point landslide. McGovern won only two counties: he comfortably won Rio Arriba County by 12.6 percentage points, and also won San Miguel County by 2.5 percentage points. The 1972 election remains the last when Santa Fe, Taos or Mora Counties provided a Republican majority or plurality, and Nixon won Mora County by a mere thirty votes. At the other extreme, solidly Republican Lea County in the Plains region was won by Nixon by 55.4 percent, and Lincoln County, which had not voted Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt’s 1936 landslide, by 55.9 percent.

1976 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1976 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 2, 1976. All fifty states and The District of Columbia, were part of the 1976 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by President Gerald Ford by a 2-point lead. A very partisan election in New Mexico, only one percent of the electorate voted for third-party candidates. While Ford took the State of New Mexico, and much of the American Southwest and Midwest, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter won the electoral college with 297 votes, and was elected President.

A reliable bellwether state in presidential elections, this was the first election since gaining statehood that New Mexico did not back the winning presidential candidate. This has only happened in two other presidential elections, 2000 and 2016, thus making this the only instance in which New Mexico has gone to a candidate that lost the overall popular vote. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Torrance County and Quay County voted for a Democratic presidential candidate.

1988 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1988 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 8, 1988. All 50 states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose 5 electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, who was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, and Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

New Mexico weighed in for this election as 4 percentage points more Democratic than the national average.

1992 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1992 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 3, 1992, as part of the 1992 United States presidential election. This was the 20th U.S. Presidential election that New Mexico participated in since 1912. New Mexico voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) with 45.90 percent of the popular vote over incumbent President George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) with 37.34 percent. Businessman Ross Perot (I-Texas) finished in third, with 16.12 percent of the popular vote. Clinton ultimately won the national vote, defeating incumbent President Bush.

1996 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 1996 United States presidential election in New Mexico took place on November 5, 1996. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1996 United States presidential election. New Mexico voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president.

New Mexico was won by incumbent United States President Bill Clinton of Arkansas, who was running against Kansas Senator Bob Dole. Clinton ran a second time with former Tennessee Senator Al Gore as Vice President, and Dole ran with former New York Congressman Jack Kemp.New Mexico weighed in for this election as 1% more Republican than the national average.

2020 United States presidential election in New Mexico

The 2020 United States presidential election in New Mexico is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. New Mexico voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of New Mexico has 5 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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