In tonight’s Albuquerque election to replace outgoing Republican mayor Richard Berry, Democrat Tim Keller has defeated Republican City Councilor Dan Lewis to serve as the next Albuquerque mayor.
Democrats have flipped the seat with tonight’s victory.
Keller was declared the winner tonight with nearly 63 percent of the early and absentee vote, compared to only 37 percent for his opponent. The race was called even before election day totals were counted.
Congratulations Mayor-Elect Keller. Look forward to continuing the transition tomorrow @cabq City Hall.
— Mayor Richard Berry (@Mayor_Berry) November 15, 2017
Keller is set to take office on December 1st, at which point he will vacate his current post of New Mexico State Auditor. New Mexico’s governor will then appoint a replacement.
This is not tonight’s only win for Democrats. In the special election in Oklahoma, Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman defeated Republican Brian O’Hara 50.35 percent to 49.65 percent for the District 37 state Senate seat. With tonight’s win – barring a recount – Democrats have not only scored an unlikely victory in this deep red state, but flipped another seat that had previously been held by a Republican.
With Ikley-Freeman’s win, Oklahoma’s District 37 is only the latest in a string of districts with a double-digit swing to the left since the 2016 election. Trump, for his part, won that particular district with 67 percent of the vote.
Tonight’s wins in New Mexico and Oklahoma are only the latest in a wave of Democratic success stories. On November 7th, in what is being viewed as a clear referendum on a flailing Trump administration, Democrats unseated Republicans in a number of races. Aside from winning New Jersey and Virginia’s gubernatorial races, Democrats picked up a staggering 15 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates, giving them 49 seats out of 100 so far. Several races for the House of Delegates are still considered too close to call.
Democrats also picked up a slew of other seats in smaller races around the country.
Since the beginning of 2017, Democrats flipped 14 seats in special elections. Republicans have flipped zero. Even in solidly red districts, such as those in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Kansas, Democrats have overperformed Trump’s numbers by double digits.
As the Trump administration and its Republican enablers in Congress continue their assault on the will of the American people, voters across the country are delivering a serious message to the White House, one race at a time.
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