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Republicans Win Big in Albuquerque (GOP wins Mayor race and City Council)
Ballot Box ^ | 10/7/09

Posted on 10/07/2009 12:29:00 PM PDT by LdSentinal

Not only was Republican Richard J. Berry elected mayor of Albuquerque yesterday, but the G.O.P. also took control of the Albuquerque City Council, as the New Mexico Independent reports:

GOP challenger Richard Berry surprised even himself Tuesday, knocking off longtime Democratic Mayor Martin Chavez and avoiding a two-man runoff while doing it.

Berry, a two-term Republican state legislator, bested Chavez in convincing fashion, collecting nearly 44 percent of votes to Chavez’s 35 percent. Richard Romero received nearly 21 percent of the vote. Only provisional ballots remained to be counted early Wednesday.

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City Councilor Michael Cadigan lost a bid Tuesday to serve another four-year term, altering the makeup of the city council at a time when the city’s growth has emerged as a major consideration. Cadigan lost to newcomer Dan Lewis in a race that some said was part of an organized campaign. Some city council members charged that a large California developer had targeted Cadigan as an opponent of a special tax plan to help the developer pay for roads, water and sewers for a huge mixed-use development on the city’s west side.

Democrats were quick to point out that more voters supported their two candidates for mayor, Romero and Chavez, than supported Berry. If Albuquerque had a 50% requirement to win or had partisan primaries, yesterday's vote would only have been a prelude to a showdown between Chavez and Berry. If Albuquerque had instant-runoff voting, there's a chance that Chavez would have been reelected mayor last night.

Nonetheless, Chavez can't complain too much about the rules when, as an incumbent mayor and long-time Albuquerque political fixture, he could muster barely more than a third of the vote. Berry's performance was strong enough that he might very well have picked up enough of Romero's support (or enough of Romero's supporters might have stayed home) for the Republican to win a runoff.

Chavez, a politician who occasionally aspired to statewide office, may have just seen his political career come to an end. Ironically, as voters booted Chavez from office, they also voted to extend one of his priorities: a sales tax that funds road and transit projects. Berry opposed the tax extension.

By the way, if you're looking for warning signs for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it's also worth noting that Chavez overturned a term limits law to run again.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: albuquerque; berry; council; gop; mayor; nm2009; republican

1 posted on 10/07/2009 12:29:00 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

A preview for next month and for 2010?


2 posted on 10/07/2009 12:30:03 PM PDT by Biggirl (I believe in THE BOOK that promises VICTORY OVER THE WORLD!:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: LdSentinal

OK! There we go blood is drawn!


3 posted on 10/07/2009 12:30:15 PM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: LdSentinal

How did Mr. Obama do there in 2008?


4 posted on 10/07/2009 12:30:42 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: RexBeach
How did Mr. Obama do there in 2008?

I think he won Bernallilo County (Albuquerque) by a 60%-40% margin.

5 posted on 10/07/2009 12:32:00 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Biggirl
"A preview for next month and for 2010?"

Perhaps people are now beginning to associate Democrats with liberals with Marxist radical communist America-haters out to destroy their way of life.

6 posted on 10/07/2009 12:32:49 PM PDT by avacado
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To: RexBeach
“How did Mr. Obama do there in 2008?”

He won the district and we lost the congressional seat to a libtard for the first time in decades. That makes this pubbie victory very interesting for the next house election.

Berry made a lot of points on the “sanctuary city” issue and the fact that Chavez probably wore out his welcome.

If it had gone to a runoff, Chavez may have eked out a victory.

7 posted on 10/07/2009 12:33:35 PM PDT by Thickman (Term limits are the answer.)
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To: avacado

Well I hope this is the begining to taking America back!


8 posted on 10/07/2009 12:33:40 PM PDT by Biggirl (I believe in THE BOOK that promises VICTORY OVER THE WORLD!:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: LdSentinal

Has the backlash begun?


9 posted on 10/07/2009 12:34:01 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: LdSentinal
worth noting that Chavez overturned a term limits law to run again.

Ever notice that Liberal/Progressives really hate the idea of term limits?
10 posted on 10/07/2009 12:34:34 PM PDT by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: RexBeach

I live in Arizona but follow New Mexico politics also. This is HUGE. The ‘RATS are going to want to keep this quiet.


11 posted on 10/07/2009 12:34:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! We're spending our grandchildren's inheritance!)
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To: LdSentinal

NOW HOLD THEM TO CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES!!!

DONT LET WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GOP CONGRESS (in 1996) HAPPEN AGAIN

MARCH THERE AND DEMAND LOWER TAXES AND GUTTING THE GOVT PAYROLL


12 posted on 10/07/2009 12:36:08 PM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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To: Mr. K

That’s just one Despot down, there are so many many more to go!


13 posted on 10/07/2009 12:38:23 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: LdSentinal

Dear MSM: GOP Good news alert. Please bury this story ASAP.


14 posted on 10/07/2009 12:39:25 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: LdSentinal
Marty Chavez is (was) a corrupt politician who intends to use the wreckage of Albuquerque as a stepping stone to Washington D.C., but fortunately has lots of bones in his closet. We are an illegal alien sanctuary city, we have red light cameras to raise revenue despite studies that say they don't contribute to traffic safety, and Chavez won a third term by rescinding the local term-limit law against public opinion. This go-around may have been due to mandatory identification at the voting booth for the first time, keeping illegals and dead people home.
15 posted on 10/07/2009 12:40:43 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Biggirl

Lord help us I hope so biggirl.......:)


16 posted on 10/07/2009 12:44:15 PM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: SpaceBar
This go-around may have been due to mandatory identification at the voting booth for the first time, keeping illegals and dead people home.

When did this happen in NM? I remember Jim Villanucci beating that horse to death a few years ago, but to no avail.

17 posted on 10/07/2009 12:45:35 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: LdSentinal

Quick! We have to change to voting rules so the Republican can’t win! No primaries? No run-off? Oh no....

hh


18 posted on 10/07/2009 12:47:30 PM PDT by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: Biggirl

>> A preview for next month and for 2010?

Behold your future, Nancy and Harry.


19 posted on 10/07/2009 12:48:17 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: Disambiguator

Do I need to present identification when I vote?

Yes.

source: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/sos-elections.html


20 posted on 10/07/2009 12:49:46 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Disambiguator

Well people are starting to wise up.


21 posted on 10/07/2009 12:49:49 PM PDT by Biggirl (I believe in THE BOOK that promises VICTORY OVER THE WORLD!:)=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Thickman

So Chavez overturned term limits, and got overturned. Not the first time a New Mexico politician has overtayed their welcome, as slimy as most are. The first instance I saw was when Raymond Sanchez (D), then speaker of the Roundhouse, got beaten by political newbie and local businessman John Sanchez (R). Unfortunately John decided to get nasty during the 2002 primary, and NM got Bill Richardson. Anyhow Raymond Sanchez and his colleague in the Senate Manny Aragon (Arrogant) were both the postal children for term limits in New Mexico state government.

BTW, is Manny Arrogant in prison yet?


22 posted on 10/07/2009 12:50:36 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: LdSentinal

Can’t be so. the Republican party is dead. I’ve read the post-mortums in the newspaper.


23 posted on 10/07/2009 12:52:11 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Biggirl
Well people are starting to wise up.

Let's hope so.

24 posted on 10/07/2009 12:57:53 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: SpaceBar
This go-around may have been due to mandatory identification at the voting booth for the first time, keeping illegals and dead people home.

I remember hearing a few years back on KOB about the old lady who passed out while signing in to vote. Her deceased husband had been there earlier and had already signed in and voted. She went ballistic! LOL! The DemocRATS are always up to some kind of corruption.

25 posted on 10/07/2009 12:59:02 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America! We're spending our grandchildren's inheritance!)
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To: LdSentinal

So Chavez also wanted to make himself “mayor for life!” Looks like voters didn’t appreciate his arrogance and self-importance. But don’t get too excited. After all, ACORN workers have yet to bring out all the votes suddenly found in their trunks!


26 posted on 10/07/2009 1:16:38 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Okay Arizona - let’s get rid of McLame. I own property in Texas and Arizona but am going to change residence to AZ so I can vote against him - and then change back because you all pay too much tax.


27 posted on 10/07/2009 1:17:50 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: LdSentinal

My parents and sister, life long Republicans voted for O - they are not all that happy with the Hope/Change thing now.
They live in Alb.


28 posted on 10/07/2009 1:20:02 PM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Biggirl

A preview for next month and for 2010?”

Oh, no, of course not...everyone KNOWS that 2010 will not be like 1994!

(of course hardly any pundits knew that 1994 was going to be 1994....).


29 posted on 10/07/2009 1:31:16 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: LdSentinal

When Berry gave his “we did it” speech last night, I was really surprised. NM has always been a RAT haven, so hopefully this is a preview of how things are going to go for RATS nationwide!


30 posted on 10/07/2009 1:39:11 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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To: LdSentinal

Like Hugh Hewitt says...”If it ain’t close, they can’t steal it.”


31 posted on 10/07/2009 1:40:32 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Grams A
Okay Arizona - let’s get rid of McLame. I own property in Texas and Arizona but am going to change residence to AZ so I can vote against him - and then change back because you all pay too much tax.

I read yesterday that JD Hayworth might challenge McCain! I sure hope he does, and I hope he slaughters him in the race!!

32 posted on 10/07/2009 1:42:58 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (THE ONLY ASTROTURF IN CONGRESS IS FOUND BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI'S EARS!!)
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To: LdSentinal

One Republican gets 44%.

Two democrats split 56%.

Read the entire article.

Albequerque is a very democrat city.


33 posted on 10/07/2009 1:48:35 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Fred Hayek

Yup, he started his prison term recently. They held a big going away party for him, folks from both parties attended. Real nice.


34 posted on 10/07/2009 2:00:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: NRA2BFree

The vote was close in the 2004 presidential race and eventually went in the red column, but media were reluctant to call it. Remember that?

The Rats win there when they “find” misplaced ballots in a backroom, etc.

NM is by no means a lost cause.


35 posted on 10/07/2009 2:08:23 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (GO DODGERS!!! ALL THE WAY!!!)
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To: edcoil

[My parents and sister, life long Republicans voted for O...]

Can you ask them a question for me and many other very confused conservatives?

If they were tired of Government doing what it had been doing under Bush like over spending and subject views on individual liberties, WHY would they vote for a Democrat? The Democrat party is only one shade lighter than dyed-in-the-wool communists (neither a pun, nor a racist tinge was intended)?

I have friends that cannot explain to me (at least not to a level that is comprehensible) WHY they voted for this man! People who said to me, “Bush has taken us too far to the left!” And then they voted for a man that has more left turns than NASCAR! I just can’t wrap my head around that mentality!


36 posted on 10/07/2009 2:23:02 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: truth_seeker

City Council is 5/4 Republican after the election too. It is looking good for Berry and maybe other conservatives but still amazing.


37 posted on 10/07/2009 2:46:48 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: ExTxMarine

I cannot fix stupid - just glad it is not part of dna.


38 posted on 10/07/2009 3:00:48 PM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: edcoil

[...just glad it is not part of dna.]

I can attest to this! My nineteen year old voted for him even after ALL my begging, pleading and explaining. It was really funny when my sixteen year old asked her sister in what house she grew up. The younger one said there is NO way her sister got her views from our home! It was a ROTFL situation for several family members!


39 posted on 10/07/2009 3:09:58 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: NRA2BFree

Isn’t Hayworth rather a one issue candidate, much like Tancredo? Wonder how much Gov Sarah’s book has to say about McLame. Read that he is some concerned - we’ll see...


40 posted on 10/07/2009 3:28:33 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Fred Hayek
BTW, is Manny Arrogant in prison yet?

Yup, still rotting.
41 posted on 10/08/2009 10:50:40 AM PDT by Thickman (Term limits are the answer.)
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To: LdSentinal

This is good news as there are serious wealthy water melon “community organizers” active there.


42 posted on 10/08/2009 1:23:20 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SpaceBar
We are an illegal alien sanctuary city, we have red light cameras to raise revenue despite studies that say they don't contribute to traffic safety, and Chavez won a third term by rescinding the local term-limit law against public opinion.

Is he a clone of my mayor, Mike Bloomberg?

43 posted on 10/08/2009 1:25:56 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: NRA2BFree

JD Hayworth had close ties to Jack Abramoff.


44 posted on 10/08/2009 1:26:44 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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