November 3, 2020

Biden wins New Mexico’s five electoral votes

Vice President Joe Biden. Photo Credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks. cc

Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in New Mexico, which would net the Democrat five more electoral votes.

The Associated Press called the race in New Mexico for Biden as the polls closed at 7 p.m.

As of 1:00 a.m., Biden led Trump by ten points, 54 percent to 44 percent with nearly all votes in the state counted, according to unofficial results.

The win by Biden is the fourth-straight time a Democrat has won the state’s five electoral votes and the seventh time in the last eight elections.

New Mexico was once a swing state, with Democrat Al Gore defeating Republican George W. Bush by just 366 votes in 2000, then Bush defeating Democrat John Kerry by just 5,988 votes in 2004. Bush won both overall nationwide elections.

But Democrat Barack Obama easily defeated John McCain in 2008 and again won, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. Biden was Obama’s running mate in each election, which Obama also won nationally.

But this year, polls showed Biden well ahead in the state, as the campaigns focused on other states with closer margins in the polls.

Trump held a large rally in Rio Rancho in September of 2016 where he promised to turn the state red. And this September, Trump promised he’d visit the state “soon.” But the state was largely an afterthought, if that, with little spending on online or TV ads.

Update (11/4 1:00 a.m.): Added information on votes