Democrats held off a Republican challenge in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District special election thanks to support and money from the national party.
State Rep. Melanie Stansbury was projected to win the seat, which Republicans had eyed as bellwether to a red wave in the 2022 midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.
The Democratic National Committee, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and other prominent party figures used their email lists to appeal for funds to support Stansbury as they aimed to prevent a surprise Republican victory.
Stansbury had more than 60% of the first-counted early votes, enough for Decision Desk HQ to project her as the winner over State Sen. Mark Moores, R, less than an hour after polls closed Tuesday.
Moores, former University of New Mexico football player, had blasted Stansbury for expressing support for the BREATHE Act, a Black Lives Matter-crafted “reimagining of public safety” federal policy proposal.
With defunding the police considered a core campaign message for Republicans seeking to regain the House, party members hoped Moores will close the margin as remaining votes are accounted and validate the law enforcement issue enough as a potentially winning strategy in 2022.
Stansbury aligned her campaign closely with White