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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
New Mexico

Presidential hopefuls must win the Hispanic vote to succeed in New Mexico.

Key facts
Population: 1,713,407 (ranked 37 among states)
Governor: Gary E. Johnson (R)
Electoral College votes: 5
Hispanic-Indian culture dominates, especially in the north and west, and a third of the population use Spanish as their first language.

State politics used to be controlled by local bosses but today the state is marginal and in recent presidential elections has voted very close to the national average. Democrats are strong in the north while the conservative south-east is as Republican as Texas.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
The Spanish settled in New Mexico in 1609 and the state has deep and unique roots. It has the highest percentage of Hispanics of any US state, topping as it does the stretch of historic Indian-Spanish settlement that runs down South America to the tip of Argentina.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 49%, Dole 42%
1992: Clinton 46%, Bush 37%, Perot 16%
1988: Bush 52%, Dukakis 47%
But while culturally distinct, New Mexico's 20th century was in many ways a very American one. Los Alamos was where the Manhattan Project was pursued and the Second District was where its result was first witnessed when an atomic bomb was exploded in 1945.

The military is still important to the area and much of Albuquerque's economy depends on the defence, scientific and research sectors.

High-tech computing industries such as Intel have also made an impact upon New Mexico, although the government still provides 24% of the state's jobs.

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