In Major Win, Democrats Take Albuquerque’s Mayor Seat From GOP
The massive blue wave that has propelled Democrats to resounding electoral victories sees no sign of abating. On Tuesday, Democratic New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller defeated Republican Dan Lewis in a race to become Albuquerque’s next mayor by more than 20 points, 62 to 38 percent.
Keller thanked supporters on Tuesday for a “clear mandate” to push his liberal agenda to tackle the city’s rising crime rates and struggling economy. Keller says he was happy to represent “all of Albuquerque” as the city’s next mayor.
New Mexico’s state auditor will become the first Democrat to serve as Albuquerque’s mayor in the past eight years, according to The Associated Press.
Keller replaces the highly unpopular Republican Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who did not run for reelection.
Hillary Clinton won New Mexico in the 2016 presidential election, 48 to 40 percent. She also held a lead in the county in which Albuquerque is located.
Keller said after his victory he plans to work to rebuild trust between the city’s police department and residents. He also said he would be the mayor for “all of Albuquerque.”
The win comes after Democrats earlier this month claimed big victories up and down the ballot and across the country. The Democratic candidates won the gubernatorial races in both Virginia and New Jersey, and Democrats took seats in state legislatures from coast to coast.