Demосrаt Melаnie Stаnsbury defeаted N.M. Wоn the sрeсiаl eleсtiоn

Former Obama aides prevailed in the four-way race after campaigning in support of the key Biden initiative.

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Democratic State Rep. Melanie Stansbury won Tuesday's special congressional election in New Mexico, trailing Republican challenger Mark Moores to fill the seat of Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's Secretary of the Interior.

The race to represent New Mexico's first congressional district, which includes Albuquerque, was called by the Associated Press after voting closed at 9 p.m. ET. Stansbury won a four-way contest after campaigning in support of key initiatives of the Biden administration. His victory reduced the Democrats' 219–211 majority in Congress ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Critics argued that Moores, a state senator, took advantage of the rising murder rate in Albuquerque and called Stansbury soft on crime to support the Breathe Act, which has provisions to cut federal funding from police departments. However, she stood by the bill and deferred her state legislative actions to public safety—in hopes of thwarting the GOP's law-and-order attacks. Stansbury, who was an aide to President Barack Obama, was also endorsed by Holland, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and First Lady Jill Biden.

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The district, which Biden won by 23 points and Haaland won by 16 points last year, was seen as a potential pickup for the Republican. Moores has campaigned as a champion of the police and the oil and gas industry—particularly because of Biden's order in January suspending new drilling permits on federal lands, including several oil and gas wells in New Mexico.

But the district has a Democratic advantage of 9 percentage points, according to the Cook Political Report. Democrats benefited in early voting, which ended on Saturday, according to data from the Secretary of State's Office of State. According to the Albuquerque Journal, more than 54,000 registered Democrats voted early, compared to about 28,000 Republicans. Around 10,700 voters without any political party also cast their vote early.The race to represent New Mexico's first congressional district, which includes Albuquerque, was called by the Associated Press after voting closed at 9 p.m. ET. Stansbury won a four-way contest after campaigning in support of key initiatives of the Biden administration. His victory reduced the Democrats' 219–211 majority in Congress ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.