Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver has won the race to be New Mexico’s next secretary of state.
Oliver isn’t yet declaring victory, but NMPolitics.net has decided to call the race. With more than nearly 419,000 votes counted, the Secretary of State’s website shows Oliver with 59.46 percent of the vote. Republican Nora Espinoza has 40.54 percent.
Oliver, currently the Bernalillo County Clerk, will replace Brad Winter in January. Winter was appointed to finish former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s term after Duran was convicted of using campaign funds for personal use.
Oliver is currently overseeing the election in Bernalillo County. Her campaign spokesman, Alan Packman, said the campaign will release an official victory statement later tonight or tomorrow morning.
In a September profile by NMPolitics.net, Oliver pledged to work to increase voter turnout if elected.
“I’ve long had a passion for voter rights and voter education and encouraging people to participate in the democratic process,” she said.
Oliver’s victory is follows a turbulent campaign. She and Espinoza each had several ethics complaints filed against them. All complaints were investigated and subsequently dropped.
Rod Adair, spokesman for Espinoza’s campaign, did not immediately give a comment.