199 Democratic State Central Committee (SCC) members in CD-1 cast their first votes today to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for the first Congressional District seat recently vacated by Secretary Deb Haaland.
State Central Committee members voted remotely, in accordance with Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) rules, and had the option to submit an electronic, paper, or phone ballot. The voting system was secured according to DPNM procedures, and the ballots are available to any Democrat who requests them for the next 90 days.
Candidates for the nomination included State Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, State Representative Georgene Louis, State Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero, State Representative Melanie Stansbury, Francisco Fernández, Selinda Guerrero, Randi McGinn, and Victor Reyes. Candidates must receive 50% plus 1 vote in order to secure the nomination.
The results are as follows:
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – 74 votes
Melanie Stansbury – 43 votes
Randi McGinn – 34 votes
Victor Reyes – 18 votes
Selinda Guerrero – 13 votes
Georgene Louis – 13 votes
Francisco Fernández – 2 votes
Patricia Roybal Caballero – 1 vote
In addition, one person wrote in “ABSTAIN.”
Therefore, no candidate has reached the 50% +1 threshold. In accordance with DPNM Rules, the smallest number of candidates whose vote totals exceed 50% will move on to a runoff. In this case Antoinette Sedillo Lopez received 37.19% of the vote and State Representative Melanie Stansbury received 21.61% of the vote. These candidates will move on to a runoff to be held tomorrow, March 31st, from 7:00am to 7:00pm, via remote balloting.
“The Democratic party is focused on running a fair election in accordance with our rules and state law,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “I want to extend my gratitude to all of the incredible candidates who will not be advancing. We’re grateful to all of our candidates for running strong, issue-focused campaigns, and we look forward to determining our nominee in the coming days.”