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Republican Hangs On To House Seat

Sarah Maestas Barnes

Democrats took back control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in Tuesday election. But some Republican representatives were able to hold on to their seats.

Sarah Maestas Barnes of northeast Albuquerque was one of a handful of state representatives who withstood Democrats’ efforts.

The national elections have been especially polarizing, but Maestas Barnes said Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico are going to have to avoid the sharp partisanship that dominated the national elections.

"I think it’s important for people to try to find solution to all these problems that we have here in New Mexico," Maestas Barnes said, "and you have to reach across the isle to do that."

She will enter a legislature in January where Democrats hold a majority in both chambers.