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2 seek changing NM 1st District Congress seat

October 26, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s a congressional district that has historically elected Republicans, although registered Democratic voters have had an edge. And for years, both parties have spent millions fighting for control of the swing district that often has helped determine the balance of power in Congress.

But political observers say demographic shifts and a growing Latino population may be changing New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, which this year has seen one of its quietest races in history between former Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, and former state lawmaker Janice Arnold-Jones, a Republican.

Heading into the final days, Lujan Grisham is widely favored to win the open seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich, who is running for U.S. Senate against Republican Heather Wilson, who held the seat from 1998 to 2009.

If she wins, the balance of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation will likely remain unchanged as the state’s other two representatives — Democrat Ben Ray Lujan of Login to read more

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