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Democrats regained control of New Mexico’s House of Representatives during the election. They met over the weekend, and former minority leader Brian Egolf of Santa Fe was nominated to be the next House Speaker.  

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Protests have been erupting in cities around the United States in the days since Donald Trump was elected president. Hundreds of students at the University of New Mexico staged a walkout Wednesday evening.  

During this year’s campaign cycle, voters learned of sexual assault allegations against Republican Donald Trump and heard a years-old recording of him bragging about assaulting women.  KUNM sat down with Jim Harvey, the new executive director at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, to talk about how Trump’s election impacts their work. 

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After the election, the University of New Mexico’s president issued a message acknowledging that students are feeling unsafe and urging people to respect each other. But hundreds of faculty members, students and even administrators are saying that’s not enough. 

KUNM Call In Show 11/17 8a: New Mexicans have been growing grapes for more than 400 years. Wine is a part of our religious and cultural history--but what part will it play in our future? 

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U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham won a decisive victory last night, but she’s got a hard road ahead of her as a Democrat in the Republican-controlled Congress. 

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At the Democratic headquarters last night in Albuquerque, the final election results rolled in and Hillary Clinton’s victory failed to materialize.

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New Mexico Republicans celebrated Donald Trump’s victory at the Albuquerque Convention Center Tuesday. The mood at the Republican election night watch party went from cautiously optimistic to elated as Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton took shape.

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New Mexico Republicans lost control of the state House of Representatives but they did manage to unseat a power Democrat in the state Senate.   

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez lost his seat to his Republican opponent Greg Baca Tuesday who beat him 55 to 45 percent of votes.

Baca said he didn’t have any specific policies to bring to the Round House. But speaking at the GOP election watch party Tuesday night, he said he’ll push issues of safety and job growth when the legislative session begins in January.

Republican Hangs On To House Seat

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Democrats took back control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in Tuesday election. But some Republican representatives were able to hold on to their seats.

Sarah Maestas Barnes of northeast Albuquerque was one of a handful of state representatives who withstood Democrats’ efforts.

The national elections have been especially polarizing, but Maestas Barnes said Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico are going to have to avoid the sharp partisanship that dominated the national elections.

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson wrapped up his campaign at home in New Mexico.

The former two-time New Mexico governor joined sign-waving supporters Tuesday outside the state Capitol in Santa Fe.

Johnson says his campaign with running mate Bill Weld has made a lasting impression by promoting limited government and greater personal liberty. A 5 percent showing at the polls by Johnson could establish public funding for future Libertarian candidates.

Johnson's candidacy strained traditional party loyalties in New Mexico.

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Hillary Clinton won New Mexico's presidential contest to gain five electoral votes.

Voters on Tuesday chose the Democrat over Republican Donald Trump and the state's former governor, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.

Clinton prevailed after she and running mate Tim Kaine skipped campaigning in New Mexico and relied on visits from Bill Clinton and a post-primary rally by Bernie Sanders. Registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans in the heavily Hispanic state where Barack Obama won his elections handily.

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Voters Approve Bail Bond Constitutional Amendment - The Associated Press

New Mexico voters have approved a constitutional amendment that will allow judges to deny bail to defendants considered exceptionally dangerous.

The amendment also grants pretrial release to those who aren't considered a threat but remain in jail because they can't afford bail.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce extended his 12-year tenure in Congress with a victory in southern New Mexico's 2nd District.

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Toulouse Oliver Elected Secretary Of State - The Associated Press

Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be New Mexico's next secretary of state.

Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County clerk, on Tuesday defeated Republican Nora Espinoza, a member of the state House and former teacher.

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Democrats Win Majority In New Mexico House – The Associated Press

The Democratic Party has won a majority of seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, taking back control of the chamber from the GOP.

Tonight join Gene Grant and the New Mexico In Focus line panel for 4 hours of continuous live election coverage starting at 7pm.  It will also be on KNMD, Channel 9.1. And live on KNME Channel 5.1 at 10pm, following the PBS Newshour’s national election coverage. 

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Anxiety about voter intimidation has laced the final weeks of a tense election cycle around the country. But one nonpartisan organization in New Mexico is ready to help. 

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Tune in to KUNM starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for live special election night coverage from NPR News. We'll feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidates and polling sites, and analysis from NPR’s Politics Team.

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KUNM Call In Show 11/10 8a: Call toll-free 1-877-899-5866. What happens now that the 2016 election is over? We'll talk to political observers all over New Mexico. Did money spent by candidates translate into votes? Will local power structures shift and how? What local ballot questions passed or failed? We want to hear from you, too. How was your experience voting? How will the outcome of the election impact you and your community? Email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show!

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Candidates in this year’s presidential election have been tight-lipped about the fight against an oil pipeline in North Dakota and how demonstrators there are being treated by police. That’s weighing on Sharon Chavez, who is Navajo and Hopi-Tewa. She’s a retired educator who’s lived in San Felipe Pueblo for 47 years. She talked with KUNM about what it means for her as a woman to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has escalated the national battle over immigration and race in America with his views on Mexican immigrants and building a wall for border security. KUNM talked to Yesenia Luna, a pre-law student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, about how the national rhetoric affected her ballot.

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Bernalillo County Clerk Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver is running become New Mexico’s next Secretary of State.

Oliver sat down for a conversation with Gwyneth Doland, as part of KUNM’s special election overage with New Mexico PBS.  Her Republican opponent, state lawmaker Nora Espinoza declined multiple interview requests.

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Mountainair is a small town in New Mexico about an hour and a half southeast of Albuquerque. It’s got one streetlight and one gas station. Pastor Darrell Roberts says he likes living out in the open where people look at things from a humble perspective and live a simpler—if usually less affluent—lifestyle.

As part of our Voices Behind The Vote series, KUNM talked with Pastor Roberts about what matters to him as Election Day comes down the tracks.

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If you live in a rural part of New Mexico where your nearest neighbor is miles away, it could be tempting to just tune out this year’s election. But David Doler says he can’t ignore things like Social Security, Medicare or any talk of infringing on a person’s right to keep and bear arms.

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KUNM Call In Show 11/3 8a: Are you worried that the election is rigged? Or that voters might be intimidated at the polls on Election Day? We'll look at local and statewide races, get an update on early voter turnout and talk about voters' rights at the polls. We'd like to hear from you, email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

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New Mexico’s struggled to recover fully from the recession, and it can still be a real challenge to find steady work in the state. That’s central to how 18-year-old Quinton Valencia is casting his vote this year. KUNM tagged along with Valencia as he applied for a job at Target in Rio Rancho.

LISTEN/WATCH: Second Congressional District Candidate Forum

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Second District U.S. Representative Republican Steve Pearce and his challenger businesswoman and engineer Democrat Merrie Lee Soules discussed their priorities and how they plan to serve New Mexicans at a forum in Las Cruces on October 27, 2016. 

 

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U.S. Representative Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham is running for re-election this year in New Mexico’s first district. She sat down with Gwyneth Doland to discuss critical issues for voters as part of KUNM’s special election coverage with New Mexico PBS.

Her Republican challenger Richard Priem did not respond to multiple interview requests from New Mexico PBS. 

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