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New Mexico elects all women of color to House delegation for first time

Bonnie Cash

New Mexico elected all women of color to the its House delegation on Tuesday, becoming only the second state in U.S. history to do so.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D), one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, won reelection, while Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez won an open seat for the state’s 3rd Congressional District by defeating Republican challenger Alexis Johnson.

For the third seat in the House delegation, Republican Yvette Herrell ousted Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D) to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Herrell is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Fernandez will succeed Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D), who was projected to win an open Senate seat.

In 1990, Hawaii became the first state to elect all women of color to a House delegation.

Updated on Oct. 6 at 10:41 a.m.

Tags 2020 election Alexis Johnson Deb Haaland House New Mexico Teresa Leger Fernández Xochitl Torres Small Yvette Herrell
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