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ALBUQUERQUE — Susana Martinez will become New Mexico’s first woman governor — and the first Hispanic female governor anywhere in the United States. Her victorious campaign was the runaway choice as the state’s biggest news story of 2010.
Martinez, the Republican district attorney in Dona Ana County, defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the November general election.
When she takes office Jan. 1, Martinez will confront another issue that was voted one of New Mexico’s top news stories of the year.
The state’s $400 million budget deficit will become a priority for the incoming Martinez administration. Only days after her election victory, Martinez learned the figure had increased from an estimated $200 million during the campaign.
She said the challenge of balancing the budget will require a bipartisan effort.
“We must do more than just change the party in power if we’re going to set a new course in New Mexico,” Martinez said on election night. “We must work across party lines — Republicans and Democrats — to move our state forward. We have a lot of work to do.”
According to results of voting by Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members around the state, campaign coverage and election night results dominated the news this year.
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