ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Retired law enforcement officer Michael Romero has won the GOP nomination in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.
Unofficial results show Romero ahead of challenger Michael Lucero with more than 60 percent of the vote.
The race marks Romero’s first foray into politics. He served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Grants High School. Following a stint with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office, Romero worked with the police department in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Romero will face four-term, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan of Santa Fe in the general election.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 2-1 in the expansive northern New Mexico congressional district. The district was created in 1983. One Republican has held the seat for an abbreviated term.