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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

(Updates x 6) Results: 2009 Albuquerque Municipal Election

Update 11:13 PM: Chavez 35.05%; Romero 20.89%% ; Berry 43.88%; 181 Out Of 186 Precincts Counted. Voters approved all the bond issues, the transportation tax extension and the propositions to change the City Charter.

Update 10:13 PM: Chavez 35.34%; Romero 22.28% ; Berry 42.17%; 132 Out Of 186 Precincts Counted

Update 9:40 PM: Romero lagging with totals ranging from 23-25%, Chavez at 35-36% and Berry at 39-41% or so. Half of precincts counted.

Results at 8:30 PM:

Chavez 35.68%; Romero 24.27% ; Berry 39.85% with some more Dem district results in.

Results at 8:12 PM:

Candidate Absentee Early Total Percentage
RICHARD M. ROMERO 1,904 2,594 5,225 23.08%
MARTIN J. CHAVEZ 3,466 3,842 8,102 35.78%
RICHARD J. BERRY 3,994 4,460 9,273 40.95%


First Number = Early Voting Totals: 7:09 PM
Second Number = Early Voting Plus About 90% of Absentee

    Berry:   40.85% --- 41.62%

    Chavez: 35.19% --- 36.03%

    Romero: 23.76% ---- 22.18%

Latest City Council:

Ike Benton 57.98%; Alan Armijo 42.02%

Dan Lewis 55.47%; Michael Cadigan 44.53%


You can track the results of today's Albuquerque election at the . Vote tallies from the precincts should start coming in sometime after 7:00 PM when the polls close.

Results will also be reported by:

RACES (Red = Unofficial Winner)


    Martin Chavez (Incumbent)

    Richard Romero

    RJ Berry

City Council District 1

    Ken Sanchez

City Council District 3

    Isaac Benton (Incumbent)

    Alan Armijo

City Council District 5

    Michael Cadigan (Incumbent)

    Dan Lewis

City Council District 7

    Michael D. Cook


City Council District 9

    Don Harris (Incumbent)

    David Barbour


October 6, 2009 at 07:08 PM in 2009 Albuquerque City Council Races, 2009 Albuquerque Mayoral Race | Permalink


Looks like Dem turnout low thanks to Romero's negative campaign. Big turnout for Republicans.

Posted by: Ron | Oct 6, 2009 7:38:16 PM

Bad news is that Romero is looking like a spoiler who ran a shitty campaign and may let Berry get in.

Posted by: Democrat 45 | Oct 6, 2009 7:56:30 PM

You were right Barb.

Posted by: Old Dem | Oct 6, 2009 8:43:09 PM

I can't believe Berry is getting just over 40%, this is crazy!

Posted by: jay | Oct 6, 2009 9:27:32 PM

That's what happens when you have both the Repub Berry and the Dem Romero going very negative on Dem Chavez. Romero is getting about what Eric Griego got when he ran for mayor, which means mostly the UNM-downtown areas. This is why I knew he could never win and would only take votes from Marty who could win.

Posted by: barb | Oct 6, 2009 9:44:14 PM

Thank you Richard Romero for being the Ralph Nader of ABQ. What a tool. No wonder he couldn't beat Heather Wilson. Now I remember. Negative campaigning at its best. :(

Now we get 4yrs of right-wing propganda and sanctuary city chatter

The only good news about RJ Berry is the 1984-esque red-light cameras that were illegal under Marty will finally get removed. Pretty much the only thing I agreed with Mayor-elect Berry

Posted by: Dan | Oct 6, 2009 10:33:55 PM

And this is why we need Instant Runoff voting in Albuquerque to avoid elections like this where the majority of people are obviously more progressive but a plurality republican wins. Check it out:


Posted by: JDM | Oct 6, 2009 10:44:35 PM

So, 58.95% of the vote was Democratic and you will all have to abide by Republican rule as result of this "non-partisan" election.
This does not bode well considering the hard times that are set to befall the city.
We can only hope that the Republican mayor is a man of principle and is not corrupt. But, if he is in the sprawl developer's pocket, alot of public funds are going into more strip malls, office parks and other "non-places".
Albuquerque may become quite a bit meaner without social progression and humanitarian treatment of Mexicans.
Chingao. Lo Siento

Posted by: qofdisks | Oct 6, 2009 10:56:16 PM

Instant runoff voting is about as likely to get passed here as it was for Romero to get elected. People need to work for things that are real and possible and quit wasting time on campaigns that have no chance to win. Thanks to Romero and his starry eyed supporters, we have an ignorant lout as mayor.

Posted by: Don't Blame Me I Voted for Marty | Oct 6, 2009 11:10:54 PM

"Looks like Dem turnout low thanks to Romero's negative campaign."

"Bad news is that Romero is looking like a spoiler who ran a shitty campaign and may let Berry get in."

"That's what happens when you have both the Repub Berry and the Dem Romero going very negative on Dem Chavez."

-Actually the dem vote might have been low due to people believing that 4 more years of corruption was inevitable, especially with "progressives" endorsing a known corrupt politician.

-If Romero ran a shitty campaign, then Marty ran 10% better than shitty, with 12 years of branding and long-time opponents suddenly singing his praises.

-The saddest part about the last quote is that Chavez is framed as "the good Dem", sorry, no. If you know about this city we love, Marty was not a friend to progressive issues and his own record is to blame for this blowback, not Romero. Those of us that voted for and supported Romero voted for a clean slate, an end to corruption and sprawl interests. Don't forget that Marty's behavior handed Berry a huge amount of support.

Berry's reaches to the fringes of xenophobia not only shows his true colors, but serves as a reality check for those of us who naively believe we're living in a place more forward thinking than it actually is.

Likewise, if Chavez didn't have a base of city employees to manipulate and strong arm, you can bet he would not have done anywhere near the numbers he did.

I can go to bed with a clean conscience knowing that I never backed a person that was a known fraud, here's hoping the same to you and yours... and I'll continue to put my name on it.

Posted by: Benito | Oct 7, 2009 1:45:28 AM

Barb, you were the first to sound the alarm. I agree with Dan and RJM. Romero's nickname should be "Nader."

That said, I hope that Berry will turn out to be more of a moderate Republican than the right-wingers think. What little I observed of him in the legislature indicated he is not an extremist.

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Oct 7, 2009 2:31:02 AM

As an objective observer that could not vote in this election, I blame Marty Chavez. Think about it. He, as the incumbent, should have been beloved and beyond reproach after being in power so long. His record should have been enough to quell all doubt of his competence and integrity. His short term thinking and petty crony politics have brought about this untenable situation.
There are moderate Democrats, but there are NO moderate Republicans anymore. I am afraid that you do have a right wing nut job ruling your city. Good luck replacing the incumbent in 4 years.
How about a little more graciousness? Stop cannibalizing yourselves by blaming Romero. It is petty and useless. It makes things worse, it is incredibly short-sighted and gives the Republicans more schadenfreude. After that beating why do the Democrats continue to flagellate themselves by blaming each other? To what possible advantageous end is there to destroying Romero?
Cut it out.
Dumb sh*ts.

Posted by: qofdisks | Oct 7, 2009 7:39:35 AM


From http://www.democracyfornewmexico.com/democracy_for_new_mexico/2009/09/no-right-wing-mayor-for-albuquerque-why-im-voting-for-marty-chavez.html --

In fact, Romero has even gone so far as to join forces with Berry at press conferences and candidate forums to bash Chavez in tandem. That always helps the Dem cause. It's also a well known fact that many Romero supporters simply can't stand Marty Chavez, and vice versa. Will they vote for the other Dem if he's the runoff candidate? Or will they let a Republican take the reins in New Mexico's biggest city? Can we really afford to have RJ Berry as mayor at a time when it would clearly be a disaster to have the failed policies of the right dominating our local government?


Posted by: Phoenix Woman | Oct 7, 2009 7:49:37 AM

"The great majority of Republicans wins in New Mexico can be attributed to splits the Democratic vote."
The Republicans have used this technique time and time again especially against Hispanic candidates. They fall for it every time.
Hence, the only thing protecting an incumbent is an impeccable record and renown integrity. It really was time for a change of leadership in Albuquerque so where was the viable Democratic alternate with impeccable progressive cred?
I am telling you guys, a little graciousness is in order. Being sore losers will not help your cause. This self destructive behavior will only serve to make it more difficult to find good candidates in the future.

Posted by: qofdisks | Oct 7, 2009 9:06:06 AM

There is blame to go around but can't help blaming Romero and his lala land supporters for being disconnected from reality. If you want to win in a 3 way race and do it as a "progressive" it helps to be out there running on liberal issues and persuading people liberal values are the best values. You don't run on "crime is overwhelming Albq" and you will lock everyone up. By attacking Marty so savagely you give the Republican a big advantage. Romero ran three bad campaigns. He should never have been trusted to be a strong candidate in this election. He's a loser.

Posted by: NE Heights | Oct 7, 2009 9:22:24 AM

Marty Chavez is no Al Gore.

Posted by: bg | Oct 7, 2009 10:31:07 AM

You miss the point bg. A weak candidate running a negative race against another Dem and letting Berry coast is what caused this horror. Romero has been a failed candidate for years. How silly for progressives to prop him up knowing he couldn't win and would only be a spoiler.

Posted by: Wake Up Democrats | Oct 7, 2009 11:44:04 AM

A weak candidate running a negative race against another Dem and letting Berry coast is what caused this horror.

No, a despicable, corrupt, anti-progressive, pro-sprawl, good old boy incumbent was half the problem. A stupid, good old boy (of a different faction) challenger was another half of the problem. The Democratic party of New Mexico is simply wholly corrupt, and is the party of the entrenched self-interests. The spirit of Emilio Naranjo lives on.

Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Oct 7, 2009 6:56:23 PM

Most sprawl in the Albuquerque area is in Rio Rancho. If you think the metro area is full of sprawl you haven't been anywhere else. Marty walked a fine line between no growth and moderate growth yet people here see him as an extremist. Now that you guaranteed a win by a Republican you guaranteed that sprawl of the worst kind will happen if there is ever any money being loaned. There won't even be any impact fees or planning. Victory!

Posted by: Get a Grip | Oct 8, 2009 9:11:14 AM