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1956 New Mexico gubernatorial election

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1956 New Mexico gubernatorial election

← 1954 November 6, 1956 1958 →
Edwin Mechem.jpg
Nominee Edwin L. Mechem John F. Simms
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 131,488 120,263
Percentage 52.2% 47.8%

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County results
Mechem:      50–60%
Simms:      50–60%      60–70%

Governor before election

John F. Simms

Elected Governor

Edwin L. Mechem

The 1956 New Mexico gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 1956, in order to elect the Governor of New Mexico. Incumbent Democrat John F. Simms ran for reelection to a second term.

Democratic primary

The Democratic primary was won by incumbent governor John F. Simms.


New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1956[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John F. Simms 46,722 48.30
Democratic Ingram B. Pickett 43,937 45.42
Democratic Robert F. Stephens 6,067 6.27
Total votes 96,726 100.00

Republican primary

The Republican primary was won by former governor Edwin L. Mechem.


[data unknown/missing]

General election


New Mexico gubernatorial election, 1956[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Edwin L. Mechem 131,488 52.23
Democratic John F. Simms 120,263 47.77
Total votes 251,751 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "NM Governor D Primary 1958". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "NM Governor 1956". Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
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