Skip Navigation

Buying Time 2020 – New Mexico

This page features New Mexico Supreme Court television advertisements from the 2020 election cycle.

Last Updated: November 11, 2020
Published: October 27, 2020

Two seats were up for election to the New Mexico Supreme Court on November 3, 2020. A primary was held on June 2, 2020, in which all candidates ran unopposed. Justices in New Mexico must run in a partisan election for their first full term, before they run in up-or-down retention elections for subsequent terms, with each term lasting 8 years.

For position one, incumbent justice Shannon Bacon competed against former District Court Judge Ned S. Fuller. Bacon was appointed to the state supreme court in 2019 to replace retired Justice Charles W. Daniels. Bacon ran as a Democrat, and Fuller ran as a Republican. For position 2, incumbent Justice David K. Thompson, a Democrat, competed against Republican attorney Kerry Morris. Like Bacon, Thompson was appointed in 2019 to replace former Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes. Both Bacon and Thompson retained their seats.

Kantar Media/CMAG: Estimated Total TV Spending: $154,940*

  • Estimated spending by Shannon Bacon: $69,180
  • Estimated spending by David Thomson: $85,760

*Spending figures last updated November 10, 2020

Return to Buying Time 2020

Return to Buying Time Homepage


October 6 – Everything’s Better with Bacon

Stream video (QT)

In this ad, Shannon Bacon says that “as a trial court judge for nearly a decade, I issued tough judgments against those who harmed innocent people. And on our supreme court, I’m tackling racial bias in our court system and making sure everyone has access to legal representation.”

Sponsor: Shannon Bacon

Estimated Spending: $69,180

October 6 – Balance Matters

Stream video (QT)

This ad says “Justice Thomson brings [sic] balance to the supreme court so all our families have access to justice. Let’s keep Democrat David Thomson on the supreme court.”

Sponsor: David Thomson

Estimated Spending: $85,760