|2012 POLLS (Obama vs. Romney)|
2010 Census Reapportionment: As has been the case since 1984, New Mexico will remain at 5 electoral votes through the 2020 presidential election.
New Mexico joined the Union in January 1912. It has participated in 26 presidential elections through 2012, with the results split almost down the middle; 14 for Democrats, 12 for Republicans. However, Democrats have now won 5 of the last 6 elections. This shift is at least partially due to the increasing support of the Democratic party by Latinos in recent years. Whichever party they’ve chosen, New Mexico voters have been remarkably good at siding with the winning candidate, only getting it wrong in 1976 (Gerald Ford) and 2000 (George W. Bush). In 2012, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by 53% to 43%.