The Results Are In

by Reporter / Nov 07, 2018 / 0 comments

The Results Are In

Most of the 2018 General Election results have been tabulated, and unofficial results have been posted on the Secretary of State’s website. In statewide elections, Democrats have won the races for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of public lands, state auditor and state treasurer.

Local elections had few contested races. In the New Mexico House of Representatives District 46 race, Andrea D. Romero defeated write-in candidate Heather Nordquist (Democrat) and Democrat Christine Chandler bested Republican Lisa Shin in District 43.

Voters overwhelmingly approved renewal of the Gross Receipts Tax to support the North Central Regional Transit system (the Blue Bus.).

In the federal race, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan retain their positions in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Democrats Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie C. Morales will be the state’s next governor and lieutenant governor, defeating Steve Pearce and Michelle Garcia Holmes.

Maggie Toulouse Oliver (Democrat) has won a second term as secretary of state, defeating challengers Gavin S. Clarkson (Republican) and Ginger G. Grider (Libertarian).

Hector Balderas (Democrat) also overcame challenges from Republican candidate Michael Eugene Hendricks and Libertarian A. Blair Dunn to retains his position as attorney general.

Democrat Brian S. Colón defeated Republic incumbent Wayne A. Johnson in the state auditor’s race.

Recumbent Tim Eichenberg (Democrat) withstood a challenge by Republican Arthur L. Castillo to hold on to his position as state treasurer.

In a three-way race for Commissioner of Public Lands, Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard defeated Republican Patrick H. Lyons and Libertarian Michael G. Lucero.

Democrat Michael E. Vigil won a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court. Democrats also won five seats on the Court of Appeals.

Voters approved two constitutional amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 gives the state legislature authority to enact statutes that bypass district courts to send cases directly to the Court of Appeals. Constitutional Amendment 2 will create an independent state ethics commission.

All four statewide bond questions passed, approving bond sales to improve senior citizen facilities and make capital expenditures for academic, public school, tribal and public library resource acquisitions, the purchase of school buses and  for higher education, special schools and tribal schools.

Find complete General Election results at the Secretary of State’s website, http://www.sos.state.nm.us.

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