New Mexico Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S. News library staff.

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Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Michael Dukakis
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry (caucus)

Republicans

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 George H. W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

2008 Voter Registration Data

1,077,318 registered voters as of 9/20/2007

Party Affiliation

  • Democrats: 49%
  • Republicans: 33%
  • Decline-to-State: 15%
  • Other: 3%

General Election Winners

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Presidential Election

Gender

  • Male: 45%
  • Female: 55%

Race

  • White: 57%
  • African-American: 2%
  • Latino: 32%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Other: 9%

Age

  • 18-29: 17%
  • 30-44: 27%
  • 45-59: 32%
  • 60+: 25%
  • 18-64: 83%
  • 65+: 17%

Religion

  • Protestant: 49%
  • Catholic: 32%
  • Jewish: 1%
  • Other: 8%
  • None: 10%

3 Things You Didn't Know About New Mexico Primaries

1. New Mexico is a closed primary state. Independents and voters who don't register with a party cannot participate.

2. The New Mexico Democratic nominating contest is officially called the Presidential Preference Caucus, but the rules are similar to voting in a regular election. The polls are open for several hours, and voters cast private ballots, unlike a caucus, where it is public. Republicans will hold their primary in June.

3. New Mexico has been a bellwether state in the presidential elections, voting for every winning candidate all but twice (1976 and 2000), since 1912.

Sources:
New Mexico Bureau of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State
CNN.com Election Results