Election 2016

New Mexico's Dist. 51 House Race To Be Featured On KRWG-FM Thursday

Oct 19, 2016

KRWG's "Voice of the Public" call-in program this Thursday afternoon will feature candidates running for the District 51 seat of The New Mexico House of Representatives in this general election. 

Incumbent Republican candidate Yvette Herrell and Democratic candidate Denise Lang will be in studio to take calls and discuss the issues facing House District 51 in Otero County and The State of New Mexico.

Join KRWG for "Voice of The Public" tomorrow on KRWG Public Radio, 89.5fm in Alamogordo and on krwg.org streaming live at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Election 2016-NM House District 37

Oct 16, 2016

Election 2016 - NM House District 36 Nathan Small

Oct 16, 2016

VIDEO: Michelle Obama Speaks About Trump Tape At Clinton Event

Oct 13, 2016

Las Cruces-Area Candidate Forums On Tap

Oct 13, 2016

  When: Tuesday, October 18 and

Tuesday, October 25

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Beth-El
3980 Sonoma Springs Ave, Las Cruces, NM

Senator Lee Cotter

On November 8th, voters in New Mexico Senate District 36 will choose between incumbent Republican Senator Lee Cotter, and challenger Democrat Jeff Steinborn. Samantha Sonner spoke with Lee Cotter about New Mexico’s recent special session and the effect the issues will have on the upcoming election.

Mary Hotvedt

Democratic Candidate for the Dist. 38 seat in the NM House of Representatives, Mary Hotvedt shares why she is seeking office. Hotvedt is running against Republican Candidate Rebecca Dow for the seat. Dow declined to be interviewed by KRWG. 

The candidates for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District met in the first of two debates in Southern New Mexico. Samantha Sonner has more on the debate sponsored by the New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens.

Republican Representative Steve Pearce and Democratic Challenger Merrie Lee Soules faced off on many issues including Veteran’s Issues, taxes, and the environment among others.

One of the biggest issues in 2016 is immigration reform; Rep. Steve Pearce says reform starts with border security.

Issues & Answers: The Media and the Election

Oct 6, 2016

  Fred Martino hosts a discussion of media coverage of the 2016 election. The panel includes Walt Rubel of the Las Cruces Sun News, Lauren Villagran of the Albuquerque Journal, NMSU Journalism Professor Nick Miller, and NMSU Government Professor Dr. Christina Medina answering questions from the studio    

Election 2016 Forum - NM House District 39

Oct 6, 2016

Election 2016 Forum - NM House District 39


Election 2016 - NM House District 35 Angelica Rubio

Oct 6, 2016

Election 2016 - NM House District 35 Angelica Rubio


Economic Anxiety Quiz

Oct 5, 2016

USA Today: Trump is "unfit for the Presidency"

Sep 29, 2016

USA Today normally does not tell voters how to choose a President. But Donald Trump changed that.

Panel Makes New Mexico Judicial Recommendations For Election 2016

Sep 28, 2016

Commentary: The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (NMJPEC) today recommended retaining one New Mexico Supreme Court justice and three New Mexico Court of Appeals judges standing for retention in the 2016 general election. To remain on the bench, these judges must receive at least 57 percent voter approval under state law.

   NMJPEC issued "retain" evaluations for Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Vigil and Court of Appeals Judges Tim L. Garcia, Jonathan B. Sutin and M. Monica Zamora.

The First Presidential Debate

Sep 26, 2016


Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces. This forum covers New Mexico Senate District 38 with candidates Democrat Mary Kay Papen and Republican Charles Wendler.

Election 2016 Forum - NM Senate District 37

Sep 21, 2016

Election coverage brought to you by KRWG-TV and the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces. This forum covers New Mexico Senate District 37 with candidates Democrat Bill Soules and Republican Ceil Levatino.

New Mexican Election Officials To Reach Out To Eligible Voters

Sep 20, 2016

New Mexico election officials say almost a half-million people in the state appear eligible to vote in the upcoming general election but haven't registered.

The secretary of state's office announced Monday that it's sending postcards to more than 459,000 people inviting them to register by the Oct. 11 deadline.

The mailing was paid for by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts and county clerks across the state.



Maggie Toulouse Oliver Campaign


Bill Clinton, Donald Trump Take Campaign Show To New Mexico

May 24, 2016

New Mexico is getting dueling campaign visits from former President Bill Clinton and GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The former Democratic president is scheduled Tuesday to hold an evening rally for his wife at an outdoor plaza in Espanola while Trump is stopping in Albuquerque for an event that is expected to draw protests.

Six years ago, Bill Clinton campaigned in the same city for then-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in her unsuccessful race against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, now in her second term.

Paul Gessing-Rio Grande Foundation and Connor Gordon-Young Americans For Liberty discuss the current political climate and their advocacy for limited government.

Issues And Answers: The Youth Vote

May 3, 2016

Las Cruces teachers and students discuss the 2016 election and public policy. 

Issues and Answers: The College Vote

Apr 14, 2016

Guests include David Moreno of the NMSU College Democrats, Connor Gordon from Young Americans for Liberty, Taylor Dyer-Paz from NMSU Political Awareness Club and Aaron Holloway of the NMSU College Republicans.

Candidates In New Mexico File For State Legislature

Mar 8, 2016

Legislative candidates are lining up in New Mexico to run for election to every seat in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democrat-dominated Senate.

Incumbent lawmakers and challengers are filing petitions Tuesday to participate in party primaries on June 7. The November general election will decide all 112 seats. A handful of contested seats could alter the partisan balance of power.

Results of a recount in the Las Cruces Municipal election are in, and election results remain unchanged.

District 1 candidate Eli Guzman and District 4 candidate Richard Hall filed for a partial recount after losing in tight races.

The recount took place in the presence of a state district judge’s designee, the interim city clerk and the chief deputy county clerk.

Simon Thompson

Spirits were high at Mayor Ken Miyagiashima's election party at restaurant Los Compas in Las Cruces.  

Incumbent Miyagishima  celebrated beating out challengers Miguel Silva and Eugenia Montoya Ortega with his supporters. According to unofficial city counts, Miyagishima received 51% of the vote.

Miyagishima says he plans to use his third term as mayor to continue economic development and infrastructure projects in the city.

The Las Cruces municipal election marked a shift in the Las Cruces political climate . Significant amounts of money were spent by groups from outside the city.

It took the form of persistent robo calls and hard hitting mailers attacking candidates. Most of it was aimed at discrediting Mayor Ken Miyagishima who won re-election.

“I am glad that the residents believed in me and didn’t believe all that information that was being floated out there” Miyagishima said.

Miyagishima says they were the most aggressive attacks he has seen in any recent Las Cruces election.

Local businesswoman Gina Montoya Ortega took her first step into the political arena running for Mayor, and came in with just %16 percent of the vote. She says she’s always wanted to run for local office, and is proud of the campaign she ran.

“I feel like I’ve never done this before,” Ortega said. “And I feel like I came in and I ran a good race, I fought a good fight, and like I said there is probably a few little things I could have done differently, but I don’t regret it.”