NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Democrat Raul Torrez will be New Mexico’s next Attorney General. He will replace Hector Balderas.

Torrez defeated his Republican challenger, a political newcomer named Jeremy Gay. Gay is a private lawyer and former U.S. attorney who ran unopposed in the primary. Torrez won by more than 74-thousand votes, which amounts to a roughly 10% point difference between the candidates.

Historically, New Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office has been held mostly by Democrats. After KRQE called the race, Torrez’s campaign sent the following statement on behalf of Torrez:

“I am truly honored and humbled by the trust and support of the people of New Mexico, who have elected me to be their next Attorney General. Nasha and I want to thank every single person who helped this campaign and supported my vision for New Mexico. I want to thank Jeremy Gay for stepping up to run for elected office and serve the people of New Mexico.

This election is just the beginning as we embark on the work to make our state a safer and more prosperous community for the future. We now must commit ourselves to pushing for common-sense solutions to make our communities safer, standing up for women’s reproductive rights, and protecting New Mexico’s most vulnerable citizens. I am ready for this fight and to work every day as the people’s lawyer. ” 

KRQE News 13 will continue to provide updates on other races as election numbers roll in. View the latest Election Results here: