New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2002

New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2002
New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2002
New Mexico
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Nominee Bill Richardson John Sanchez David Bacon
Party Democratic Republican Green
Popular vote 268,674 189,090 26,465
Percentage 55.5% 39.1% 5.5%

Governor before election

Gary Johnson

Elected Governor

Bill Richardson

The New Mexico gubernatorial election of 2002 was a race for the Governor of New Mexico. The winner of the election held in 2002 served between 2003 and 2007. Current incumbent, Republican Gary Johnson was term limited. Former U.S. Congressman Bill Richardson won the election. Green party nominee David Bacon performed very well here, obtaining over 5% of the vote. His best performance was in Santa Fe County, where he obtained over 11%.


Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Bill Richardson 147,524 99.80%
Democratic Mike Nalley (write-in) 294 0.20%
Totals 147,818 100.00%

Republican primary



Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican John A. Sanchez 55,102 58.53%
Republican Walter D. Bradley 33,206 35.27%
Republican Robert M. Burpo 3,864 4.10%
Republican Gilbert S. Baca 1,979 2.10%
Totals 94,151 100.00%

General election

Election results

New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Richardson 268,693 55.49% +10.02%
Republican John Sanchez 189,074 39.05% -15.48%
Green David Bacon 26,465 5.47%
Majority 79,619 16.44% +7.38%
Turnout 484,233
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


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