Christopher Roybal, a filmmaker, will attempt to get on the New Mexico ballot next year as an independent candidate for Governor. If he succeeds, he will be the first independent candidate for Governor to ever appear on a New Mexico ballot. New Mexico did not even permit independent candidates until 1977. New Mexico and Alabama are tied for having the most severe petition requirement for statewide independent candidates. Each state requires 3% of the last gubernatorial vote. No other state is more difficult than 2% of the last vote cast. See this story.