New Mexico elects new U.S. senator, House representative

New Mexico elects new U.S. senator, House representative

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan won his bid for U.S. Senate on Tuesday in New Mexico. He defeated Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti. Rep. Ben Ray Luján was elected as New Mexico’s next U.S. senator and Teresa Leger Fernandez was elected to represent the state’s 3rd Congressional District in Tuesday night’s election, which shattered the state’s previous voter turnout record. Luján, a longtime representative of CD-3 who campaigned on the Affordable Care Act and opposition to President Donald Trump, defeated political newcomer Mark Ronchetti, who championed support for law enforcement and grassroots conservatism in an election to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Meanwhile, Luján’s Senate campaign made room for two first-time candidates to face off for his seat in the House of Representatives; Leger Fernandez overcame Alexis Martinez Johnson in a race that pitted an advocate of progressive renewable energy and expanded health care against an oil and gas proponent who campaigned on anti-abortion and pro-Second Amendment issues. The state set a voter turnout record. More than 900,000 votes were cast, blowing past the previous record of just more than 833,000 votes set in 2008. High turnout was likely influenced by widespread use of mail-in ballots as well as the contentious presidential race. Tuesday’s election results marked the end of a unique campaign season characterized by socially distanced events and widespread use of digital technology in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the U.S. Senate and 3rd Congressional races were open, meaning the incumbents had chosen not to […]

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