Democrat Melanie Stansbury wins New Mexico special election for vacant US House seat

Albuquerque, New Mexico – The results are in, and Democrat Melanie Stansbury has won the race to fill Deb Haaland's US House seat in New Mexico's first district, which was left vacant after Haaland was confirmed to become the Biden administration's Secretary of the Interior.

Democrat Melanie Stansbury has won the special election for US House for New Mexico's first district.
Democrat Melanie Stansbury has won the special election for US House for New Mexico's first district.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Competitors for the NM-01 seat included Republican state Sen. Mark Moores, Libertarian Chris Manning, and independent Aubrey Dunn Jr.

Stansbury (42) beat her challengers handily, receiving around six of every ten ballots, the Associated Press reported.

Moores unsuccessfully tried to cite crime and to depict Stansbury as a radical progressive as a means of winning back the seat, which Democrats have held since 2009.

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Stansbury, on the other hand, tied her campaign closely to values and policies supported by the Biden administration.

She has called for a $15 minimum wage, pandemic relief programs, police reform, greater economic and racial equality, climate action, and more federal investment in infrastructure.

"When the moment demands it, when our families and our communities demand it, when our country demands it, we step up and find the solutions for communities and we figure it out," Stanbury said in her victory speech. "And that is exactly what we did in this campaign and that is why I am standing before you tonight."

With her win, the US House delegation from New Mexico remains all female.

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