Lujan Grisham Wins Tight Democratic CD1 Primary

Jun 6, 2012

Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday won the Democratic nomination for Albuquerque's 1st Congressional District.

Grisham took 40% of the vote in what was a close three-way battle to replace Rep. Martin Heinrich, who won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat. With nearly all the vote counted, State Sen. Eric Griego came in second with 35%. Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez trailed with 25% of the vote.

The race was one of the feistiest in the Democratic primary, with Lujan Grisham and Griego bombarding the airwaves and mailboxes in the campaign's final days with negative ads and mailings.

Lujan Grisham will face former state legislator Janice Arnold-Jones, who ran unopposed for the GOP nomination.