New Mexico

3 seats: 2R, 1D      50-50 R

Republican Bill Redmond's upset win in a 1997 special election gave the state its first one-party House delegation since 1980, but Democrat Thomas Udall took back the Democratic-leaning seat back in 1998. Strong performances by the Green Party in special elections in 1997 and 1998 have cost Democrats because of the "zero sum" nature of plurality elections their success has led prominent Democrats to support instant runoff voting, a voting method that would eliminate concerns about "spoiler" candidacies.
 
  1. Heather Wilson (R), 1998 Vulnerable
  '98: 48 ['96: R 57 '94: R 74 '92: R 63] R 51
 
  2. Joe Skeen (R), 1980 Comfortable
  '98: 58 '96: 56 '94: 63 '92: 57   R 53
 
  3. Thomas Udall (D), 1998 Comfortable
  '98: 53 C ['97: R 43  
'96: D 67
 
'94: D 64
 
'92: D 67]
D 54
 
 

New Mexico's results 1982 to 1998
Facts in Focus for New Mexico 1982 to 1998
 


 
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