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10:55 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heinrich Wins Open U.S. Senate Seat

Rep. Martin Heinrich file photo
Rep. Martin Heinrich file photo

Former U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich delivered his acceptance speech for the Senate seat that Jeff Bingaman, also a Democrat who has served a total of five terms, is vacating.

At the Republican Party of New Mexico's election headquarters at a hotel a few blocks away, former congresswoman Heather Wilson delivered her concession speech, wishing Heinrich a successful term in office and asking him to hold up the promises he's made to NM voters.

KUNM host Elaine Baumgartel, who has been delivering live coverage of local races since 6 p.m., called Wilson's speech "classy."

With 99 percent of the vote currently counted, Heinrich leads Wilson 51-45 percent.