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Baca Wins Senate Seat, Ousts Majority Leader Sanchez

Ed Williams/KUNM
Greg Baca (center) at the state Republican party headquarters on Election Night, 2016.

New Mexico Republicans lost control of the state House of Representatives but they did manage to unseat a power Democrat in the state Senate.   

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez lost his seat to his Republican opponent Greg Baca Tuesday who beat him 55 to 45 percent of votes.

Baca said he didn’t have any specific policies to bring to the Round House. But speaking at the GOP election watch party Tuesday night, he said he’ll push issues of safety and job growth when the legislative session begins in January.

"Let’s start talking about things like safer streets, better education, more jobs, more opportunity," Baca said.

New Mexico Republicans put a lot of effort behind Baca’s race in their unsuccessful effort to take control of the Senate.