Commentary: Water attorney and Democratic candidate Xochitl Torres Small declared victory in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District winning 50.70% of the vote after just over 8,250 additional ballots were tallied in Doña Ana County today. Torres Small’s historic victory makes her the first Latina to represent this seat in Congress and the first Democrat to represent this seat since 2010.
“We said every vote would count and today the hard work, persistence and dedication of our people-powered campaign achieved what so many said was impossible,” said Torres Small. “Thank you to the people of southern New Mexico for putting your trust in me. I am humbled by the support I’ve seen since day one of this campaign. For the past eleven months, I have traveled across the district, listening to people from all walks of life. Now more than ever, I’m grateful for the opportunity to take those voices to Washington. You have also inspired me to believe that when we work together, we can overcome any challenge if we work together. It will be the honor of a lifetime to represent you in Congress.
“I’m proud of the issues-based campaign we ran: one focused on improving access to rural healthcare, protecting our water and public lands, standing up to special interests who have too much power in Washington, and making sure government works for all of southern New Mexicans. Today, I ask just one thing from all of the constituents of New Mexico’s second congressional district: that you hold me accountable to deliver for you.”