2006 New Mexico gubernatorial election

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2006 New Mexico gubernatorial election

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  Bill Richardson at an event in Kensington, New Hampshire, March 18, 2006.jpg JOHN DENDAHL (170280092) (cropped).jpg
Nominee Bill Richardson John Dendahl
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Diane Denish Sue Wilson Beffort
Popular vote 384,806 174,364
Percentage 68.8% 31.2%

New Mexico Governor Election Results by County, 2006.svg
County Results
Richardson:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%
Dendahl:      50–60%

Governor before election

Bill Richardson

Elected Governor

Bill Richardson

The 2006 New Mexico gubernatorial election was a race for the Governor of New Mexico held on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic Governor Bill Richardson was running for re-election. He faced Republican John Dendahl in the general election and won by a landslide. As of 2020, this is the last time a male candidate was elected Governor of New Mexico.

Primary candidates[edit]



  • James R. Damron, physician
  • George Brent Bailey, Jr., educator and minister

General election candidates[edit]


Damron defeated Bailey in the Republican primary, but withdrew from the race on June 17, 2006 due to a lack of fundraising. John Dendahl was appointed by the Republican State Central Committee to replace him. There were no general election debates between the two candidates.


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Richardson (D)
Dendahl (R)
Other Undecided
Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque September 25–28, 2006 60% 28%
Rasmussen Reports September 7, 2006 61% 26%
Research & Polling Inc. of Albuquerque August 25–31, 2006 57% 28%
Rasmussen Reports June 26, 2006 56% 32%


New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2006[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Bill Richardson (incumbent) 384,806 68.82% +13.33%
Republican John Dendahl 174,364 31.18% -7.86%
Majority 210,442 37.63% +21.19%
Turnout 559,170
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Campaign websites (Archived)