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.


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.