The Week (US)

Albuquerqu­e

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Bellwether race: Democrat Melanie Stansbury easily won a closely watched special House election in New Mexico this week. Stansbury, a two-term state representa­tive, received 60 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Republican Mark Moores. Moores made crime, including progressiv­e Democrats’ calls to defund police, his campaign focus, turning the race into a test case for a possible Republican strategy to make headway in Democratic-leaning suburbs. The seat in New Mexico’s 1st Congressio­nal District, based in Albuquerqu­e, has been held by Democrats since 2009; it was left vacant when Deb Haaland became President Biden’s Interior secretary. Democrats took Stansbury’s victory as a reassuring sign for their 2022 prospects. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of the Democratic Congressio­nal Campaign Committee, said the nation was watching “to see if Republican attacks work.” Moores said Democrats’ big spending showed “how critically scared they were.”

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