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SANTA FE — About the only exciting results of New Mexico’s primary elections were the 1st Congressional District Democratic race and a GOP state Senate race in the northeastern part of the state. None of the statewide races were nailbiters.
Of course, there weren’t many statewide races. New Mexico saves those for non-presidential years. The lack of much excitement kept voter participation down in the low 20-percent range.
Albuquerque provided a classic congressional thriller for Democrats. State Sen. Eric Griego was the early leader and appeared to have the nomination locked up with many union and environmental endorsements and donations.
But County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham came with a host of women’s endorsements and money. Lujan Grisham has held state cabinet positions and has run for Congress before. During those runs she had strong support from the elderly as a result of serving as their state advocate in various positions. That may have helped her squeeze out a victory.
Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez also was in the race. It is entirely possible he took more votes from Lujan Grisham than from Griego, who was far to the left of his opponents.
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