(Editor’s Note: Wednesday, 11:40 a.m. – This post has been updated to reflect Wednesday morning’s election data)

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The results are in for New Mexico’s 2022 midterm election, and voters have made their choice in the race for several statewide offices, legislative races and congressional seats. KRQE News 13 is Your Local Election Headquarters with the latest results and coverage here online.

KRQE News 13’s Chris McKee and Curtis Segarra hosted livestreaming election results and analysis on KRQE.com between 7:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesday. Below is a recap of some of the results they discussed online throughout the night.

KRQE’s Chris McKee & Curtis Segarra recap election results at 11 p.m. on election night

Governor’s Race

Incumbent Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will be New Mexico’s governor for another four years after defeating Republican Mark Ronchetti Tuesday. A former television meteorologist, Ronchetti conceded in a speech around 9:40 p.m., saying in part, “the reality is for our campaign, it will likely come to an end tonight without winning.”

Lujan Grisham delivered an acceptance speech around 10 p.m. The Governor said, in part, that “New Mexico said yes” to “equal justice under the law,” “economic opportunity for all,” “more healthcare for families,” “better education for kids,” and “more economic freedom for workers” and “more for students.”

With the outcome in the gubernatorial election, Democrat Howie Morales will continue serving as the state’s lieutenant governor. Republican Ant Thornton ran as the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate alongside Ronchetti.

CD 2 – Southern New Mexico

Two of New Mexico’s congressional district races were called early Tuesday night, while a third covering southern New Mexico remained in a dead heat until a concession Wednesday afternoon. Democrat Gabe Vasquez declared victory in the race for Congressional District 2 Wednesday evening, followed shortly after by incumbent Republican Yvette Herrell conceding in a Facebook post.

Results from the New Mexico Secretary of State (NM SOS) indicate with all 650 precincts reporting, Vasquez maintains a more than 1,000 vote lead over Herrell. The unofficial vote count from the NM SOS had Vasquez with 96,747 votes to Herrell’s 95,470 votes.

The race had been widely projected to be far more competitive in the 2022 midterm election after redistricting reshaped the southern Congressional district. For the first time in recent years, the district now ropes in much of Albuquerque’s westside and the South Valley, roping in far more Democratic voters.

KRQE Political Analyst Gabe Sanchez reacts to early Congressional District 2 Results.

CD1 – Albuquerque-Metro

In Congressional District 1 covering most of the Albuquerque metro-area, incumbent Melanie Stansbury (D) has defeated Michelle Garcia Holmes (R). NM SOS data indicates Stansbury won the contest with more than 154-thousand votes to Garcia Holmes’ roughly 123-thousand votes.

With the win, Stansbury will return to Congress for her first full two-year term. Stansbury was first elected to the seat in a special election in June 2021, replacing Deb Haaland, who left the role to be U.S. Interior Secretary for the Biden Administration.

CD1 has also been impacted by redistricting. The district only used to cover the Albuquerque-metro area and some close surrounding areas. After the 2021 redistricting effort, CD1 now covers far more more conservative voters in communities north of Roswell.

Melanie Stansbury (D) defeats Michelle Garcia Holmes (R) for Congressional District 1.

CD3 – Northern New Mexico

Covering much of northern New Mexico, the state’s Congressional District 3 saw a rematch between incumbent Teresa Leger Fernandez (D) and challenger Alexis Martinez Johnson (R). Leger Fernandez was declared the winner early Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning results from the NM SOS indicate Leger Fernandez earned more than 129-thousand votes to Martinez Johnson’s 94-thousand votes. The win sends Leger Fernandez back to DC for a second term after she won her first term in 2020. Ben Ray Lujan (D) previously held the strongly Democratic seat, but vacated it to run for an open U.S. Senate race in 2020, which Lujan won.

The district has only been won by a Republican once since it was created in 1980. Republican Bill Redmond held the seat from May 1997 to January 1999 after winning a special election when Bill Richardson (D) vacated the position after being appointed United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Leger Fernandez won this race again and will head into a second term.

Teresa Leger Fernandez (D) wins re-election to Congressional District 3.

Bernalillo County, Metro-area Races

In Bernalillo County, voters have chosen two Democrats for county commission and another Democrat for sheriff.

John Allen (D) was declared the winner early Wednesday morning after taking a commanding lead over two challengers: Republican Paul Pacheco and Libertarian Kaelan Dryer. Allen won with roughly 125-thousand votes to Pacheco’s 97-thousand votes. The current sheriff, Manuel Gonzales III (D) was unable to run for the office again due to term limits.

On the Board of County Commissioners, District 1 covering Albuquerque’s North Valley and Westside will be led by Barbara Baca (D). Baca, who earned about 31-thousand votes, defeated Republican challenger Michaela Chavez, who earned about 19-thousand votes. Baca replaces Debbie O’Malley (D) who is stepping down from the seat due to term limits.

In District 5 covering much of Albuquerque’s eastside and the East Mountains communities, Democrat Eric Olivas has defeated Republican Judy Young. Olivas earned roughly 30-thousand votes to Young’s roughly 26-thousand votes.

Olivas replaces one-term commissioner Charlene Pyskoty (D). Olivas defeated Pyskoty in the June 2022 primary.

Attorney General

In the race for New Mexico’s next attorney general, Democratic candidate and current Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez came out on top. He was faced Republican challenger Jeremy Gay, who was an attorney in the Marine Corps JAG program.

Torrez won roughly 55% of the vote, earning more than 381-thousand votes, according to Wednesday morning results. Gay earned 310-thousand votes. Torrez will replace Hector Balderas (D) who is facing a two term limit, having served eight years in office.

KRQE projects Raul Torrez (D) wins New Mexico’s Attorney General race.

State Auditor

In the race for state auditor, Democrat Joseph Maestas defeated Libertarian Travis Sanchez. Maestas will replace Democrat Brian Colón, a one-term auditor who lost in the June 2022 Democratic primary for New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

Maestas is a current New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner. The New Mexico Republican Party did not run a candidate for auditor in the 2022 primary or general election.

Joseph Maestas (D) addresses the crowd after being elected New Mexico State Auditor.

State Land Commissioner

Democrats also maintained control on the New Mexico’s State Land Office, with Stephanie Garcia Richard winning re-election. Garcia Richard defeated Republican candidate Jefferson Byrd with about 55% over the vote. Garcia Richard earned more than 372-thousand votes to Byrd’s more than 307-thousand votes.

The State Land Office is in charge of state trust lands that play a key role in the state’s oil and gas industry. New Mexico has seen a record amount of oil revenues in recent years from oil tax revenues.

Sec. of State, Treasurer, Judges & Amendments

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver defeated Republican challenger Audrey Trujillo Tuesday night. Toulouse Oliver received more than 377-thousand votes to Trujillo’s roughly 298-thousand votes.

In the race for New Mexico’s state treasurer, Democrat Laura Montoya defeated Republican Harry Montoya (no relation.) A former Sandoval County treasurer, Montoya won 53% of the vote, with more than 363-thousand votes to Harry Montoya’s 322-thousand votes.

Voters also decided on judge’s for the New Mexico Court of Appeals and justices for the state Supreme Court (SUPCO.) Voters confirmed the retention of Chief Justice Michael Vigil, earning 69% of the “yes” vote. A judge must receive 57% of the “yes” vote to earn retention.

Democrat Julie Vargas defeated Republican Thomas Montoya to maintain a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court. Vargas, who’s served on the court for one year, was appointed to the seat by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Judith Nakamura.

Democratic Justice Briana Zamora defeated Republican Kerry Morris to keep a seat on the New Mexico SUPCO. Zamora earned 54% of the vote, with more than 368-thousand votes to Morris’ 314-thousand votes.

Zamora was appointed to the court last year by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She replaced former Justice Barbara J. Vigil’s retirement on June 30, 2021.

New Mexicans passed all three constitutional amendments on the ballot. The first amendment addresses the idea of using money from the state’s permanent fund to fund programs for at-risk students and pre-K education. The second amendment addresses the use of state funding toward utility projects. The third amendment addresses judicial service timelines.

New Mexico’s Legislature

New Mexico will see some shifts in the Roundhouse after Tuesday’s results. Every seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives was on the ballot in the midterm election.

Prior to the 2022 midterm election, Democrats have held 45 seats to Republicans 24 seats. One seat is currently held by an independent who is not seeking re-election (independents are also known as “decline to state” or DTS.)

Here’s a list of some of the more closely watched House races with which candidate is in the lead as of Wednesday morning’s results from the Secretary of State:

  • District 7 (Los Lunas, Valencia Co.) – Tanya Mirabel Moya (R) leads vs. Danny Bernal Jr. (D)
  • District 17 (Westside Albuquerque) – Cynthia Borrego (D) leads vs. Ellis McMath (R)
  • District 20 (East Albuquerque, Four Hills) – Meredith Dixon (D) leads vs. Robert Salazer (R)
  • District 23 (NE Rio Rancho) – Alan Martinez (R) leads vs. Ramon Montano (D)
  • District 27 (Albuquerque NE Heights) – Marian Matthews (D) leads vs. Robert Godshall (R)
  • District 28 (NE Albuquerque) – Pamelya Herndon (D) leads vs. Nicole Chavez (R)
  • District 29 (Westside Albuquerque) – Joy Garratt (D) leads vs. Greg Cunningham (R)
  • District 30 (ABQ Academy-Heights) – Natalie Figueroa (D) leads vs. Kurstin Johnson (R)
  • District 32 (Deming) – Jenifer Jones (R) leads vs. Candie Sweetser (D) (POSSIBLE RECOUNT)
  • District 36 (Las Cruces) – Nathan Small (D) leads vs. Kimberly Skaggs (R)
  • District 38 (Elephant Butte) – Tara Jaramillo (D) leads vs. Sandra Hammack (R)
  • District 39 (Silver City, Hatch) – Luis Terrazas (R) leads vs. Rudolpho Martinez (D)
  • District 40 (Las Vegas) – Joseph Sanchez (D) leads vs. Jerald Steve McFall (R)
  • District 44 (Corrales, RR, NW ABQ) – Kathleen Kates (D) leads vs Jane Powdrell-Culbert (R)
  • District 51 (Alamogordo) – John Block (R) leads vs. Sharonlee Cummins (D)
  • District 66 (Roswell) – Jimmy Mason (R) leads vs. Andrew Kennedy (L)
  • District 68 (Paradise Hills ABQ) – Charlotte Little (D) leads vs. Robert Moss (R) (POSSIBLE RECOUNT)