KRQE NEWS 13 ANALYSTS: How Election Day races impact governing in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Election Day races affect the governing of New Mexico, and while politics is always hot topic of discussion, governing is what it all comes down to. KRQE News 13’s political experts Dick Knipfing and Gabriel Sanchez talked about what they think would happen.

“We’ve been gridlocked up there for the last six years, really since Gov. Martinez was in. Last time she got the House, but then she doesn’t have the Senate, and the Senate blocked a lot of her legislation. I don’t really see a lot of change in the gridlock up there,” said Knipfing.

“We’re still going to have gridlock. The governor will still have veto power, so the one thing we could anticipate if things shift back to Democratic control is a lot of vetoes,”  said Sanchez.

“The Dems, no matter what they do, they’re not going to have anywhere near an override margin,” said Knipfing.

“You need a two-thirds override,” said Sanchez. “I think what we could see however, is if the Democrats do take back the House and hold the Senate, they have a lot more bargaining power in terms of concessions… Does that allow them to have a little more play? At the end of the day, I think we’re going to have more of the same, which is not a lot of passed policy.”

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