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Republicans have a dream night in New Mexico state House races

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While Susana Martinez and the US House races got all the attention Election Night, there was a major realignment in the state legislative races.

Usually, incumbents win in overwhelming numbers — even when the electorate is considered to be unhappy. But Republicans had a dream night on Tuesday, picking up eight seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives as voters rejected Democratic officeholders in precincts across the state.

Here is a list of GOP pickups:

David Chavez, who defeated incumbent Andrew Barreras (D) in District 7

Alonzo Baldonado, who defeated Democrat Julian Luna for an open seat in District 8

David Doyle, who defeated incumbent Benjamin Rodefer (D) in District 23

Nathaniel Gentry, who defeated incumbent Karen Giannini (D) in District 30

Terry McMillan, who defeated incumbent Jeff Steinborn (D) in District 37

Ricky Little, who defeated incumbent Nathan Cote (D) in District 53

Cathrynn Brown, who defeated incumbent John Heaton (D) in District 55

Tim Lewis, who defeated incumbent Jack Thomas (D) in District 60

Republicans also received some good news late in the night when they learned that GOP incumbent Jeannette Wallace — who was considered vulnerable against Democrat Stephanie Richard — in District 43 hung on to win by 210 votes.

So Republicans get a net, 8-seat pickup, which means the Democrats’ advantage in the House has been reduced from 45-25 to 37-33. That is a major shift that will have wide ramifications when it comes to legislative wrangling, especially as the House debates how to contend with the state’s $260 million deficit.


Rob is the National Energy Correspondent for Watchdog.org. Rob is an Emmy-winning news anchor who has held many prominent positions in the journalism field for over 10 years working for MSNBC, Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and several local television stations. He served as the bureau chief for New Mexico Watchdog and Capitol Report New Mexico for four years. Rob can be reached on Twitter at @NMWatchdog or by email at rnikolewski@watchdog.org

  • http://nmwatchdog Carlos

    Here’s to Bold Change.. Very Glad Martinez won!! Please keep your promises and get rid of all the corruption, especially within Probation Parole. ( Charlene Knipfing, David Jablonski, Elona Cruz, and all of their corrupt cronies.

    Below.. To Diane Denish,

    “Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!

    Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.

    Wake up – sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.

    Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She’s gone where the goblins go,

    below – below – below.

    Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.

    Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.

    Let them know

    The Wicked Witch is dead!”

    (Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, 1939)