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2:50 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mixed Bag of Results for Martinez in State Legislative Races

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 leader Tim Jennings lost 52-48 percent to his Republican rival, farmer Cliff Pirtle from Roswell, while seven-term Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia lost her seat to newcomer Lee Cotter by an eight-percent vote margin, according to KOAT election results.