Torres Small flips New Mexico House seat for Dems

Torres Small flips New Mexico House seat for Dems

Democrat Xochitl Torres Small, a lawyer, narrowly defeated State Rep. Yvette Harrell (R) in an upset to flip New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.

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Torres Small secured 50.7 percent of the vote, while Harrell received 49.3 percent, according to unofficial results from New Mexico's secretary of state.

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Polling ahead of the vote showed a virtually tied race, before Torres Small pulled out her victory. The district had been represented by a Republican for all but 2 years since 1981 and had voted for the Republican candidate in the last three presidential elections.

It is Torres-Small's first elected office. She advanced to the general election after defeating professor Madeleine Hildebrandt in the Democratic primary.