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1998 New Mexico 2006
New Mexico gubernatorial election, 2002
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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%

Previous Governor
Gary Johnson

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, will serve between 2003 and 2005. Current incumbent, Repblican 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 Sante Fe county, where he obtained over 11%.







On March 11, 2007, Sanchez recounted the 2002 campaign against Richardson to the Washington Post, stating, "The first time I met Bill Richardson was the day after I had won my party's nomination for governor in 2002 when we both happened to be flying down to Las Cruces, N.M. When we realized we'd be landing at the same time, we quickly arranged all the formalities and met on the tarmac to shake hands, very politely. And then he looked at me and put his finger into my chest and poked me and said: "Listen, John, we have to run a very clean campaign. Just remember: Keep it clean." Three months later, he had spent $3 million to $5 million doing nothing but attacking me. I can recall traveling in a car through the most desolate area of the state, listening to a radio station out of some tiny town. In a very short time, we had heard two or three radio commercials for Richardson. There wasn't a station we could turn to without hearing about him, in English or Spanish. He bought up every bit of radio advertising time. We had tried to respond, but it was like going up against an M1 Abrams tank with a small sword." [1]

Election results

2002 gubernatorial election, New Mexico
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Bill Richardson 268,674 55.5
Republican John Sanchez 189,090 39.1
Green David Bacon 26,465 5.5
Democratic hold Swing

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