New Mexico Primaries By the Numbers

A version of this appears at New Mexico FBIHOP and Daily Kos

New Mexico had our primaries on Tuesday.  Everything but the Democratic Presidential primaries were on the ballot.  Three open house seats, an open senate seat and the Republican Presidential race.  

Not to mention every single state House and Senate race.  It was a pretty good day, warm, no wind, and a lot of people heading out to their local school or library to vote.

Oddly enough, for New Mexico, we know the winners of every single race already.  We're used to having our elections then waiting for a couple of days before readying ourselves to announce tot he world just who won.  There were some extremely close races, and some blowouts.

The great news?  Progressives in the house and senate races ousted DINOs in three seats.

While the only numbers that officially matter are who received how many votes in each race, there were some other interesting numbers that came out of the Tuesday election.  Let's do this in a "By the numbers" style.

New Mexico's primaries By the Numbers

30,009: How many more voters voted for Tom Udall than Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson combined.

26,000: How many more Democrats voted than Republicans according to the Democratic party.

5: How many votes David Ulibarri defeated Clemente Sanchez by in State Senate District 30.  This triggered an automatic recount.

31.6: The amount Ed Tinsley received in the Second Congressional District race.  He won despite having less than a third of the votes cast.

8: PM that is.  The time by which the Bernalillo County absentee vote totals were released.  According to political gossip-blogger Joe Monahan, it was "the first time in years that has happened. And she had most of the votes counted by 11 p.m., another rare event."

21: The amount of posts on FBIHOP from midnight Tuesday until 5:30 am Wednesday, when we reported Pearce won.

28: The percent of registered voters who cast ballots in the US Senate race.  

15469: The amount of votes Ron Paul received in the Republican presidential primary.  That made up 14 percent of the vote.

100: The percent of votes Tom Udall received.  He was unopposed in the Senate primary, prompting one Udall staffer to joke, "We were hoping to break 100..." Maybe in November.

1: Candidate left in the Presidential election

0: Amount of votes the Secretary of State's website awarded to Jerry J Sanchez according to the Alibi.  Sanchez now has 628 votes.  He lost to Miguel Garcia.

9: Polling stations I visited for the New Mexico Independent.

Any other numbers of note from the day?

Tags: New Mexico, NM-01, NM-02, NM-03, NM-Sen (all tags)



One more:

0: FBIHOPpers awake when Steve Pearce was announced winner of the GOP Senate primary around 2:30 am local time.

by fbihop 2008-06-05 06:13PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico Primaries By the Numbers

I think Udel is a lock for a dem pickup in NM.  I have been watching the polls and while he was only slightly ahead of Wilson he is clocking Pearce.  

Right now imho NH, VA, CO, and NM are locks for us to pick up.  MN will be close but with a late wave like we saw in 2006 i think that Franken can beat coleman.  That is my pick right now: a total of five dem pickups.  As we gets closer maybe MS and AK or maybe even NC could get closer and be possible pickup.

But even if it is only five that will be big enough to give Leiberman his walking papers and take away his DHS chair.  What a dick,


by giusd 2008-06-05 06:29PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico Primaries By the Numbers

30,009: How many more voters voted for Tom Udall than Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson combined.

Ooh, that's gotta leave a mark...  What happened?  Did Los Alamos have a mandatory stand-down from voting?  I'm so happy to see that the Republicans self-destructed rather than giving us Senator Heather.

Thanks for news from back home!

by username 2008-06-05 06:55PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico Primaries By the Numbers

There are more registered Dems than GOP in New Mexico.

But both sides' supporters should have been equally energized to go out to vote -- except for two races.

One is the GOP Senate primary, which was the biggest show in town.  Udall was unopposed, so no real impetus to go out specifically for that race.

The other difference is NM-03, which is a Safe Democratic seat.  The Republicans had a primary as well (which was an upset), but I doubt people went out specifically to vote in that race.  The NM-03 Dem race, on the other hand, was a big deal.

Finally, the GOP turnout percentage was a couple points better than that of the Dems.

by fbihop 2008-06-05 06:58PM | 0 recs


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