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ABQ Election: Party chair says ABQ voters “overwhelmingly” voted for Democrats
“Albuquerque voters today voted overwhelmingly for a Democrat to represent them as their mayor,” Democratic Party of New Mexico chairman Javier Gonzales said in a statement released Tuesday night. While Republican state representative Richard “R.J.” Berry won a plurality of the votes (43.88 percent) with 181 out of 186 precincts reporting, both of his opponents, incumbent mayor Martin Chavez and former state Senate Pro Tem Richard Romero, are Democrats.
“Marty Chavez and Richard Romero have received more than 55 percent of the vote,” the statement said.
The Albuquerque mayoral race is a non-partisan race, but the Republican Party and Democratic Party both worked hard in get out to vote efforts, without advocating for a specific candidate.
In the runup to the election, the Republican Party was asking voters to vote against the transit tax, with analysts saying the Republican Party was hoping that the same voters who would vote against a transit tax would vote for Berry. The Democratic Party did not advocate specifically for either Chavez or Romero but instead asked voters to vote for either of the Democratic candidates.