On Tuesday night, news outlets declared President Barack Obama the winner of a long and bruising presidential contest.
Obama won New Mexico, where Democrats performed well on the state level as well. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who ran as the Libertarian candidate, got around 3 percent of the vote in New Mexico.
Around 10:30 pm, Democratic US Rep. Martin Heinrich led Republican Heather Wilson in the race to replace Jeff Bingaman in the US Senate by approximately 27,000 votes, with 50% of the vote to Wilson's 45%—a close call, but one NBC was willing to make for Heinrich.
Updated 10:40 pm: Twitter updates confirm that Wilson has conceded the race, and Martin Heinrich has given his acceptance speech as New Mexico's newest US Senator. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued the following statement via DSCC Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray:
Voters in New Mexico saw clearly that Martin Heinrich was exactly the kind of senator they needed fighting for them in Washington. I was proud to support him and I look forward to working side by side with him in the United States Senate to make real progress for the country.
At a packed rally in Santa Fe, US Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, addressed an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. Luján, who as of this writing was carrying the district with a healthy margin over Republican challenger Jeff Byrd, gave a 10-minute speech heavy on history, culture and family. Luján even brought in his parents, former New Mexico House Speaker Ben Luján and his wife Carmen, via Facetime.
The state's two other congressional districts split along party lines, with US Rep. Steve Pearce winning another term representing the southern half of the state, while Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham beat out Republican former state lawmaker Janice Arnold-Jones to represent the state's central district.
Many Democratic Santa Fe-area state legislators were unopposed in the general election (Rep. Brian Egolf, incoming Rep. Carl Trujillo, and Sens. Peter Wirth and Nancy Rodriguez). State Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela, D-Santa Fe, pulled out an easy win over Libertarian candidate Bob Walsh.
A tougher race is still unfolding in state House Dist. 43, where Democratic newcomer Stephanie Garcia Richard faced gubernatorial appointee and Republican Jim Hall. Around 10 pm, the candidates were locked in a dead heat with most of Santa Fe and Los Alamos precincts reporting, but with more than half of Rio Arriba precincts yet to be counted.
Also at 10 pm, two other pivotal races looked close: those of state Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Valencia, and state Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Chaves. Both senators were targeted by attack ads by political committees run by Jay McCleskey, Gov. Susana Martinez' political adviser.