Mapping the Vote: New Mexico County by County (Congress Edition)

See also the Presidential edition.

Sen 2008 New Mexico MapWhile much of the attention was on the presidential election during the past few months, all political eyes are now on Minnesota, Alaska and Georgia's U.S. Senate races. Alaska and Minnesota are in the middle of recounts that could last weeks still counting ballots, while Georgia is readying itself for a special election next month. Here in New Mexico, there was not as much drama in the race for Senate or even, ultimately, any of the open House seats.

When Republican Sen. Pete Domenici retired after decades of service in the U.S. Senate, all three New Mexico representatives jumped at the chance to enter the race. After a brutal Republican primary, conservative Steve Pearce prevailed over moderate Heather Wilson and went on to face Democrat Tom Udall. Udall had no primary opposition.

And Udall did very well (see right), especially in his home 3rd Congressional District. Udall won all but four of the 16 full and partial counties (five counties in New Mexico are split between two or three congressional districts). Conservative Roosevelt, Curry and San Juan counties went to Pearce. Pearce won none of these counties by more than 5 percent.

In Pearce's 2nd Congressional District, Udall won 10 of the 18 full or partial counties. Even eliminating the partial counties of Bernalillo (just 1,100 voters from the 2nd Congressional District) and McKinley (1,900) leaves Udall taking eight of 16 counties.

And Udall held down the margins of victory in counties that even bedeviled Barack Obama. Obama won the state presidential race by over 14 percent, but had tough times in the southeastern counties. While Pearce racked up big victories in Chaves (where he won by 21.75 percent), Eddy (16.43 percent), Lea (48.33 percent) and Catron (25.80 percent), he was never to match the 69.06-percent victory by Udall in Santa Fe County or the 66-percent victory in San Miguel County. Udall even went into Dona Ana County, admittedly the most Democratic-friendly area of southern New Mexico, and scored a 22-percent victory, eclipsing Obama's 17 percent victory in the same county.

All this added up to a victory of 61 percent to 39 percent by Udall over Pearce.

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Mapping the Vote: New Mexico County by County

Pres 2008 MapCrossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

President-elect Barack Obama won New Mexico easily on Tuesday. Obama  received 120,000, or 14.6 percent, more votes than his Republican counterpart, John McCain in New Mexico. This landed Obama five more electoral votes on his way to a provisional 365-173 victory in the Electoral College. This also shows New Mexico blue in the various election results maps from different news sources.

But it doesn't tell the whole story. Not all of New Mexico went equally to Obama and McCain. Some areas were more favorable to the Democratic candidate, and some to the Republican. There are 33 counties in New Mexico, and Barack Obama won 18, or 54 percent of them. (See right)

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Obama supporter asks tough questions to McCain, Palin

Hat tip, once again, to Democracy for New Mexico for catching this. Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

Jim, a Corrales resident and AMERICAblog reader was at El Pinto restaurant on Sunday when John McCain and Sarah Palin came in to get some salsa. The two candidates shook hands and had their good photo-op at the restaurant. McCain also visited the restaurant during his July visit, so he must like the salsa.

He shares that with George W Bush who visited the restaurant in both 2000 and 2004. The restaurant was also the backdrop to an episode of SportsCenter in 2005.

But McCain had this interaction with the AMERICAblog reader:

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Two Undecided Voters Barred from McCain/Palin Event

Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP

Two undecided voters from Richmond, Virginia were denied entry into the John McCain and Sarah Palin rally at the Albuquerque convention center on Saturday night because they interacted with the protesters across the street.

KOAT TV was on the scene to get the juicy story on Charles Anderson and Larissa Carpenter (not sure on the spelling).

After waiting in the long line (the protesters were stationed near the end of the line and the line itself stretched into the distance).

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The Worst-Timed Convention Ever

The Republican National Convention wasn't timed very well.  This has nothing to do with Gustav, since the Republican party could not have anticipated that a hurricane would hit the Gulf Coast while they tried to have their little party (and judging by the crowds, it is a little party).

Putting it right after the Democratic convention was supposed to kill any bounce the Democrats had; instead, it serves as a chance for the media and common people to compare the two events.  And the RNC is left begging. Even the least experience of all journalists are calling it out.

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The DNC from the eyes of a first-timer (with poll)

Originally written for the New Mexico Independent

also at New Mexico FBIHOP

Going to a national political convention is unlike anything else.  Everywhere one turns, there are stories ready to be and interesting characters to interview.  In other words, to call it a carnival would be a gross understatement.

Third Congressional District candidate Ben Ray Lujan walked through the Big Tent. A TV station from Spain interviewed Ben Ray Lujan -- then turned around and interviewed this blogger an hour later.

Friends mentioned seeing Charles Barkley, Eva Longoria and the Daily Show news team throughout the Mile High City. Tom Udall spoke on the big stage and Bill Richardson was mysteriously bumped from the schedule with no explanation until near midnight.

I saw Lucifer (and interviewed him) standing next to an angel just outside the Big Tent.

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Local Progressive Non-Profits Under Fire

Crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP

I know this is a hyper-local diary and so will get little attention -- but for those who read it, you should question whether this is happening in your area and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

State Attorney General Gary King first sent a letter to Secretary of State Mary Herrera telling her to change the status of a non-profit.  Then he said never mind.  Then he flopped back again, and said he was standing by the letter from his office.

The two non-profits -- the Center for Civic Policy and New Mexico Youth Organized -- issued a statement rebutting King's letter and subsequent statements.

The United States Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that election officials are only permitted to regulate public statements that explicitly address elections.  They are not permitted to regulate public statements that relate to officeholders' conduct, even though those officeholders may be running for re-election.  This is fundamental to the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.  The Attorney General's statement that he recognizes what can be regulated on the basis of whether it 'walks like a duck' is an indication that he doesn't understand the law in this area, and he is inviting entirely unnecessary litigation against the State of New Mexico.

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I was at McCain's Town Hall in Albuquerque (Updated)

Also at New Mexico FBIHOP

Update: Also see the protest photoblog. Obviously I was not able to attend; and my camera broke anyway. I bought the camera less than 24 hours ago.


John McCain came to Albuquerque today for a town hall meeting with five hundred supporters.  The crowd began filtering in at 8:45 am for the 10:15 am scheduled start; the event actually started on time.

The schedule handed out to the press said McCain's state finance chair Ken Zangara was slated to start the event, but it turned out that former state Speaker of the House Manuel Lujan gave the introduction instead.

McCain spoke for about fifteen minutes about... well, you know his talking points by now.  He hit many throughout the opening remarks and by the end of the town hall with the slow-pitch softball questions,John McCain in Albuquerque he probably hit just about every talking point from his campaign. From more drilling to nuclear power to "Barack Obama is going to raise taxes", it was a John McCain greatest hits collection.

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Yes, Hispanics do support Obama

Do you think the media will run with this story even though it doesn't meet with their preconceived notions.

In another nail in the coffin of the "Hispanics won't vote for Obama" line of thought, Gallup found that Hispanics not only are behind Obama -- but at a pretty high rate.

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Obama Reaches Out to Women in Albuquerque

Also see my write-up at the New Mexico Independent and crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

Barack Obama visited the Flying Star on Broadway in Albuquerque today to speak to working women.  I was lucky enough to get a press credential be allowed to cover the event.

And I got some really good pictures of the event.  Click on any of the pictures to get a larger-sized image.

Obama is a powerful speaker, and he clearly cares about women's issues.  He has two daughters and told the group of about 30 women that some of the biggest influences in his life were working women.

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