WASHINGTON — Deb Haaland, a former New Mexico Democratic Party chairwoman who would be the first Native American woman elected to Congress, won a hard-fought Democratic primary election in the state’s 1st Congressional District.
Haaland held a 15-point lead over her nearest rival, former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, late into the evening.
Haaland had 41 percent of the vote, compared with 26 percent for Martinez. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, a former University of New Mexico law professor, was at 21 percent support, according to results from the Secretary of State’s office.
Haaland will face Janice Arnold-Jones, a former Albuquerque city councilor and state representative, in the November general election. Libertarian candidate Lloyd Princeton is also on the general election ballot. He and Arnold-Jones were unopposed in Tuesday’s primary election.