- Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is working against Republican Mark Ronchetti in New Mexico’s gubernatorial race.
- The state voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in each election cycle since 1992, excluding 2004.
- Grisham is the primary Democratic Latina to be elected governor in the nation’s historical past.
Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham faces off against Republican Mark Ronchetti in New Mexico’s gubernatorial election.
New Mexico’s gubernatorial candidates
Grisham is the thirty second governor of New Mexico. Prior to being elected governor, she represented the first Congressional District in the US House for 3 phrases and chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the course of the a hundred and fifteenth Congress.
Before becoming a member of Congress, Grisham was a member of the Bernalillo County Commission and likewise served as head of New Mexico’s State Department of Health from 2004 to 2007 beneath Gov. Bill Richardson.
Grisham was elected to the governorship in 2018, turning into the primary Democratic Latina to be elected governor in the nation’s historical past.
Ronchetti, Grisham’s challenger, is a licensed meteorologist and labored because the chief meteorologist for Albuquerque’s CBS and FOX associates. He was the Republican nominee for US Senate in 2020, and was defeated by Sen. Ben Ray Luján, then-incumbent consultant for New Mexico’s third Congressional District.
New Mexico’s voting historical past
President Joe Biden had an 11 proportion level margin of victory in 2020, and the state voted for the Democratic candidate in seven of the last eight elections — in 2004, George W. Bush gained the state by a slim margin of lower than 1% of the vote.
The cash race
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Grisham has to this point raised in extra of $11.1 million, as of October 3. Her opponent, Ronchetti, has raised greater than $7.8 million, as of October 3.
What specialists say
The race between Grisham and Ronchetti is rated as “lean Democratic” by Inside Elections, “lean Democratic” by The Cook Political Report, and “leans Democratic” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.