Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham will be the next governor of New Mexico.
Lujan Grisham has been leading the way all night in the race to become New Mexico’s 32nd governor.
For the first time ever in New Mexico, two sitting U.S. Representatives left their seats to run for the state’s highest office, looking to replace Gov. Susana Martinez.
Currently Lujan Grisham is a solid 12 points ahead of Republican Steve Pearce.
The Democratic Party’s Election Night headquarters at Hotel Albuquerque was packed Tuesday night with people waiting to hear if Rep. Lujan Grisham will be elected the next governor of New Mexico.
Rep. Lujan Grisham has spent more than $9 million toward her campaign for governor, and if Lujan Grisham wins Tuesday night she’ll be the first Latina Democratic governor, replacing Gov. Susana Martinez who was the first Latina Republican governor.
Meanwhile, at the Pearce campaign at the Hotel Crown Plaza, Steve Pearce’s supporters gathered hoping that he could pull off a win.
This has been a close race — closer than some expected with many voters saying they want change from what’s going on in Washington with a Republican majority.
Still, Pearce has remained a strong contender, with many polls just a few weeks ago showing him in a dead heat with Lujan Grisham.
With the race so tight, Pearce did bring in support from Washington, securing a visit from Vice President Mike Pence.