in a special Congress election new Mexico testing political enthusiasm among Democrat Last time in a rapidly progressive district a . Was won by Republican In 2006, as voters prepared Tuesday for the last day of voting.
The winner of the four-way race for the First Congressional District will fill the seat left vacant by the Interior Secretary deb haland When she joined the Biden cabinet.
Republican State Sen. Mark Moores’ campaign to overturn a seat held by Democrats since 2009 has sparked concerns about crime. albuquerque And portrayed his Democratic opponent as a progressive with a radical agenda to discredit traditional police agencies.
Democratic State Rep. Melanie Stansbury has closely aligned her campaign with White House initiatives on pandemic relief, infrastructure spending and interventions to slow climate change.
Responding to Moores, Stainsbury says he has scoured tax dollars for police initiatives as a legislator, but also believes police reforms are needed to address systemic racism in the US .
Registered Democrats led the initial in-person voting that ended on Saturday as well as absentee voting – the casting of six out of 10 ballots – before election day.
Far fewer voters were likely to participate in the first district than in 2020, a record-setting year for voting.
Including Albuquerque, rural Torrance County and other outlying areas, district voters overwhelmingly supported Democratic candidates in recent years, overtaking President Donald Trump in 2020 with a margin of 23 percentage points and 16 percentage points. Hollande was reelected with the difference as voter participation reached one. all time high.
Republicans still hope to win and erase a 219-211 Democratic majority in Congress before the 2022 midterm election.
In a state with strong streams of liberal politics, two additional candidates are vying for votes.
Independent contender Aubrey Dunn Jr., a former Republican who was elected to statewide office as land commissioner without seeking re-election in 2018, has positioned herself as a staunch defender of gun rights and a veteran manager of public lands Is kept. Liberal nominee Chris Manning, who lives not far from the first district in Farmington, is campaigning on an unconventional plan to reduce health care costs by eliminating employer-based coverage and insurance requirements.
Both major-party candidates are originally from New Mexico who claim working-class roots.
Moors often invoke Latin family ties that date back to the Spanish colonial era of the region, in a state where Hispanic pride is a permanent staple of politics.
The seat has consistently been a stepping stone to higher office for Republican and Democratic politicians, including the now-deceased Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr., former US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, US Sen. Martin Heinrich and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Lee reported from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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