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2016 New Mexico elections

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A general election was held in the U.S. state of New Mexico on November 8, 2016. In the presidential election, voters in the state chose five electors to represent them in the Electoral College via popular vote. All three New Mexico seats to the United States House of Representatives were up for election. A special election was held for Secretary of State, along with all seats in both houses of the New Mexico Legislature. Primary elections were held on June 7.

Federal elections

U.S. President

2016 United States presidential election in New Mexico[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Hillary Clinton 385,234 48.26
Republican Donald Trump 319,667 40.04
Libertarian Gary Johnson 74,541 9.34
Green Jill Stein 9,879 1.24
Independent Evan McMullin 5,825 0.73
Constitution Darrell Castle 1,514 0.15
Socialism and Liberation Gloria La Riva 1,184 0.15
American Delta Rocky De La Fuente 475 0.06
Majority 65,567 8.21
Total votes 798,319 100.00

U.S. House of Representatives

All three incumbents were reelected: Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham of the 1st district, Republican Steve Pearce of the 2nd district, and Democrat Ben Ray Luján of the 3rd district.

State elections

Secretary of State (special)

2016 New Mexico Secretary of State special election

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Maggie Toulouse Oliver, 2016.jpg
Nominee Maggie Toulouse Oliver Nora Espinoza
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 423,938 325,231
Percentage 56.59% 43.41%

Secretary of State before election

Brad Winter

Elected Secretary of State

Maggie Toulouse Oliver

On October 22, 2015, incumbent Secretary of State Dianna Duran resigned amid a corruption and campaign law investigation.[2] Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who ran against Duran in 2014, defeated Republican Nora Espinoza to fill the remainder of her term.[3]

Republican primary

Republican Brad Winter, who was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez following Duran's resignation, chose not to run for a full term.[4] Because of this, state representative Nora Espinoza ran unopposed in the primary election.

Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nora Espinoza 83,759 100.00
Total votes 83,759 100.00

Democratic primary

Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver was the only Democrat to declare her candidacy, and ran unopposed in the primary election.

Democratic primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maggie Toulouse Oliver 172,837 100.00
Total votes 172,837 100.00

General election

2016 New Mexico Secretary of State special election[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Maggie Toulouse Oliver 423,938 56.59
Republican Nora Espinoza 325,231 43.41
Majority 98,707 13.18
Total votes 749,169 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

New Mexico Legislature

All seats of the New Mexico Legislature were up for election in 2016. The New Mexico Senate has 42 members elected to four-year terms, while the New Mexico House of Representatives has 70 members elected to two-year terms.

Democrats strengthened their control of the Senate and regained control of the House, securing both legislative chambers.[6][7]

Ballot measures

Constitutional Amendment 1

The New Mexico Denial of Bail Measure is a constitutional amendment that allows courts to deny bail to a defendant charged with a felony, but only if the defendant is deemed a threat to the public. It was designed to retain the right to pretrial release for non-dangerous defendants.[8]

New Mexico Denial of Bail Measure
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed
616,887 87.23
No 90,293 12.77
Total votes 707,180 100.00
Source: Ballotpedia


  1. ^ "Federal Elections 2016" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. December 2017.
  2. ^ "New Mexico Secretary Of State Dianna Duran Resigns Amid Fraud Investigation". Associated Press. October 23, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Yingling, Sara (November 9, 2016). "Toulouse Oliver becomes New Mexico's Secretary of State". KRQE. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Gov. Martinez appoints Brad Winter as NM Sec. of State". Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "New Mexico Secretary of State election, 2016". Ballotpedia.
  6. ^ "New Mexico State Senate elections, 2016". Ballotpedia.
  7. ^ "New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2016". Ballotpedia.
  8. ^ "Senate Join Resolution 1" (PDF). New Mexico Legislature.
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