GOP Picks Up NM House Seats

New Mexico – Republicans have chipped away at the Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives.

At least four Democrat incumbents lost Tuesday as Republicans took advantage of an anti-incumbent sentiment among voters.

Republicans were leading in other races that could allow them to pick up four additional seats, according to unofficial returns.

Republican Cathrynn Brown defeated Democratic caucus chairman John Heaton of Carlsbad, who had served in the Legislature since 1997.

First-term Democrat Rep. Karen Giannini of Albuquerque lost to Republican Nate Gentry.

Republican Tim Lewis defeated freshman Democrat Jack Thomas of Rio Rancho.

Freshman Democrat Ben Rodefer of Corrales lost to Republican David Doyle.

Democrats had a 45-25 House advantage going into the election. Republicans reached a high point with 30 seats in 1999-2000.

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