ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) — Democrats already have a 24 to 18 seat advantage in the New Mexico State Senate. One of those seats is an appointment to fill a vacancy when senator Phil Griego resigned under a cloud. KRQE News 13’s political experts Dick Knipfing and Gabriel Sanchez talked about what they think would happen.
“That’s a seat that is usually Democratic and odds are — you don’t want to say for sure — but odds are that’s going to go back to the Democrats,” said Knipfing.
“I think the Democrats are going to keep the Senate largely because there’s not a lot of pass for the Republicans to pick up seats. There’s not a lot of vulnerable Democratic Senators to begin with, even if we had a national election cycle that would push in their direction,” said Sanchez.
“The one possibility here is [Jay] McCleskey’s PAC has a little over $1 million to spend, and if he’s aggressive in some of these Senate districts, potentially they pick up a couple but not enough,” said Sanchez.
Jay McCleskey is the political guru for the governor.