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New Mexico is one of several states drawn from territory annexed to the United States after the Mexican-American War in 1848. It was organized as a territory with Arizona and part of Colorado in 1850. It was raided by Pancho Villa in 1912, which was also the year it was made the 47th state.

New Mexico is home to Los Alamos where the nuclear bomb was invented and was also first tested in 1945. Roswell, New Mexico is famous the world over for the disputed story of a crashlanding of an extraterrestrial alien spacecraft on the Foster Ranch 75 miles north of the town.

The Democratic Party generally dominates state politics, and as of 2004 50% of voters were registered Democrats, 33% were registered Republicans, and 17% did not affiliate with either of the two major parties.

Since statehood in 1912, New Mexico has given its electoral votes to all but two Presidential election winners. New Mexicans gave their electoral votes to Republican President Gerald Ford over Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter in 1976, and Democratic Vice President Al Gore over Texas Governor George W. Bush (by just 366 popular votes) in 2000. In the three presidential elections prior to 2004, New Mexico supported Democrats in 1992, 1996, and 2000. New Mexico was one of only two states to support Al Gore in 2000 and George Bush in 2004 (the other state was Iowa).

In 2004, George W. Bush narrowly won the state's electoral votes by a margin of 0.8 percentage points with 49.8% of the vote. Democrat John Kerry won in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, two northwestern Indian counties, and by large margins in the six predominately Hispano/Spanish counties of Northern New Mexico (Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Taos, Mora, San Miguel, and Guadalupe). [1]


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