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New Mexico Chooses Clinton

Nov 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton won New Mexico's presidential contest to gain five electoral votes.

Voters on Tuesday chose the Democrat over Republican Donald Trump and the state's former governor, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.

Clinton prevailed after she and running mate Tim Kaine skipped campaigning in New Mexico and relied on visits from Bill Clinton and a post-primary rally by Bernie Sanders. Registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans in the heavily Hispanic state where Barack Obama won his elections handily.

Clinton carried the Democratic primary and received near-universal backing from prominent party leaders, along with an endorsement from the Navajo Nation's president.

Trump's campaign sowed divisions among state Republicans. He never won the backing of GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association and the nation's only Latina governor.