SANTA FE, New Mexico, USA, ( Associated Press) — Democrat Gabe Vasquez won a seat in Congress by displacing Republican Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s Second District, which is a majority Hispanic and bordering Mexican, reported Thursday.
Vasquez highlighted his Latino origins during the campaign and having grown up in a family of migrant workers near the border with Mexico. He advocated for climate change solutions and conservation of public lands in a district traditionally dominated by the oil and gas industry.
Vasquez began his political career as a municipal councilor in Las Cruces. During the campaign she expressed her support for abortion rights and workers’ rights. He called his opponent an extremist for voting against the certification of Joe Biden as president after the 2020 election.
Republicans have questioned the state’s new electoral map, drawn up by Democratic lawmakers, that divides the traditionally conservative oil field into three legislative districts.
Harrell campaigned on a conservative platform of tight border security and unrestricted support for the oil industry. Stretching to the Mexican border, the district includes desert oil fields and parts of the city of Albuquerque.
Harrell and Vasquez portrayed each other as extremists. Vasquez violated political taboos by aggressively supporting abortion access in a state with a strong Catholic tradition.
His opponent declared himself in favor of banning abortion with few exceptions. New Mexico allows most abortions.
Speaking fluent Spanish at campaign rallies and television interviews, Vasquez also supported Democratic initiatives in Washington to accelerate the transition to renewable energy, raise the federal minimum wage, and infrastructure spending to ensure abortion rights are enshrined in federal law. did.