SANTA FE – Alexis Johnson of Santa Fe has won the Republican primary nomination in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.
Johnson emerged victorious Saturday in the three-way primary amid a surge in absentee balloting that took several days to tally in the district’s most populous county.
Johnson will compete in the general election against Santa Fe-based attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat, to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he runs for U.S. Senate. Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat, is retiring.
Johnson defeated Santa Fe County Commissioner Harry Montoya and Navajo Nation member Karen Evette Bedonie of Mexican Springs. According to unofficial election results posted by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, Johnson captured 36.7% of the vote to Montoya’s 35.4%. Bedonie had 27.7%.
An environmental engineer for oil producers, Johnson campaigned as a proponent of President Donald Trump’s border wall and an advocate for robust fossil fuel development, while Montoya highlighted his Christian, conservative values and professional background as a substance abuse counselor.