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ABQ Election: RNC congratulates Berry on winning non-partisan race
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele sent out a statement congratulating state Representative Richard “R.J.” Berry for his victory in Tuesday’s Albuquerque mayoral election. Steele said the race “demonstrates the continuing popularity of conservative principles not only in New Mexico but nationwide.”
Albuquerque’s last Republican mayor was Harry Kinney, who left office in 1985.
As of late Tuesday night, Berry had yet to officially declare victory and incumbent mayor Martin Chavez hadn’t yet officially conceded, but the two planned to meet for lunch Wednesday, Chavez said.
According to unofficial election results at 11:30 p.m., Berry had 43.88 percent of the vote, Chavez 35.05 percent and former state Senate Pro Tem Richard Romero 20.89 percent.
The Albuquerque mayor’s race is officially nonpartisan, but Berry is a Republican. Both Chavez and Romero are Democrats, and some Democrats are already blaming Romero for dividing the Democratic vote.
Here’s Steele’s full statement:
“I would like to congratulate New Mexico State Representative Richard J. Berry on his election as Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Richard J. Berry’s election in a highly competitive city demonstrates the continuing popularity of conservative principles not only in New Mexico but nationwide. As we approach elections this fall and in 2010, I am confident we will see many more Americans choosing Republicans to represent their best interests. Candidates like Richard J. Berry, who are active proponents of lower taxes, smaller government and small businesses, are the future of the Republican Party and I look forward to helping them all toward victory.”