Mixed Bag of Results for Martinez in State Legislative Races

Nov 7, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies appear to have lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

The GOP had hoped to knock off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

Several House races remained tight, but Democrats expect a net gain of three seats for a possible majority of 39-31. Currently, House Democrats hold a 36-33 edge and there's one independent.

In the Senate, the GOP picked up at least three seats but Democrats retain a majority.

Democratic Senate leaders Tim Jennings and Mary Jane Garcia lost