SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Legislature is one of the most politically polarized legislatures in the nation – even more polarized than Congress, according to one study.
But at least in part because Democrats have majorities in both the state Senate and House, there hasn’t been the type of gridlock associated with the divided Congress, where Democrats control the Senate and Republicans the House.
In the November general election, the GOP has one of its best shots in decades to take control of the New Mexico House. All 70 seats in the House are at stake in the election. Democrats now have a 37-33 edge. (Senate seats aren’t up until 2016.)
Even though many may view a divided Legislature and fewer new laws as good things, Republican and Democratic legislative leaders don’t expect the Washington experience to be replicated here if the GOP were to take control of the House.