Close races to come as Democrats look to sweep the state

Local Elections

Across the ballot there are a number of races shaping up to be very close, this includes the race for Congress and the spot in the Governor’s Mansion.

KRQE News 13’s political expert Gabe Sanchez says he wasn’t expecting the governor’s race to be as close as it has become.

However, he and other experts nationally are keeping their eyes on Congressional District Two.

“This is razor thin. All the national experts are saying this is a toss-up. Many folks are reluctant to take a side on this issue. I think this one will keep us up at night. I think it could be decided by 1,000 to 2,000 votes,” said Sanchez on the race between Xzochitl Torres-Small and Yvette Herrell.

Sanchez says he thinks Herrell might be able to walk away with the win if millennials don’t turn out to vote for Torres-Small.

Sanchez says he also has his eyes on a few races in the House including Republican incumbent Monica Youngblood who is up against Democrat Karen Bush.

Sanchez says Youngblood is hanging in there despite her aggravated DWI case.

As for the governor, Sanchez says this isn’t the landslide he was anticipating back in May. 

He says a late push by Republicans which includes a visit by Vice President Mike Pence has put the candidates in a near single digit margin.

Voters will also decide if Democrats will take back full control of the state by keeping control of the state House and state Senate and win the governor’s race.

However, Republicans are putting up a strong fight.

Democrats hold the majority in the state House by only six seats.

Sanchez says this will be the chamber that Democrats want to hang onto as they hope to push policies.

“If they’re able to pick up a few seats and get a more commanding advantage at the House level, look for Democrats to really try to ram down the throats of Republicans in the state legislature during this next level. This next cycle of policies they’ve been trying to get on the table during the Martinez administration but not have been able to do so,” said Sanchez.

Democrats hold a ten seat majority over Republicans in the state Senate.

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