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Xochitl Torres Small is the Democratic candidate for the second congressional district in New Mexico, and Michelle Luján Grisham is the candidate for governor of the state by the same party.
Xochitl Torres Small is the Democratic candidate for the second congressional district in New Mexico, and Michelle Luján Grisham is the candidate for governor of the state by the same party.

Two Latinas emerge as Democratic candidates in New Mexico

Attorney Xochitl Torres Small has won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's second congressional district while Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham has…

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The midterm elections of 2018 are proof that the country will not sit idly by in the face of the racism and misogyny that the White House emanates.

After the results in primaries like Texas - where women were the real winners - this time the state of New Mexico has two champions, and both are Latinas.

In a race to become the first female member of U.S. Congress in the state, Xochitl Torres Small - lawyer and former member of Sen. Tom Udall's team - won on Tuesday the Democratic nomination to compete against Yvette Herrell in the November elections.

Granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and wife of a state legislator, Torres Small "rarely mentioned the name of Donald Trump during her campaign and told the gun owners that she owned one and postponed her honeymoon to go hunting," as reported by KANW.

But it was her "deep roots in the community" that gave her the advantage during the elections, as well as her unique personality and her stances against Washington politics.

Another one of her campaign proposals was access to medical coverage for citizens in rural areas, for which she promised low prices and greater accessibility, especially after her experience growing up in Las Cruces and having worked in Sen. Udall's team.

"This gave her on-the-ground experience working with ranchers, farmers, and conservationists to find locally-driven solutions to some of the region’s toughest problems," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) team, a group that supported the candidate since the beginning, said in a statement.

If she wins in November, Torres Small will become a key player in the national Democratic campaign, filling a seat that has been controlled by the Republican Party for more than a decade.

For her part, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham won the Democratic nomination for the governorship of New Mexico, the current post held by the first Republican Latina governor in the nation, Susana Martínez.

The congresswoman defeated Sen. Joseph Cervantes and media executive Jeff Apodaca for the nomination through a campaign focused on public education and the economy.

Her candidacy received great support from labor unions and progressive groups.

Likewise, Lujan - who also chairs the Hispanic Caucus in Congress - has been one of the biggest voices of opposition to the Trump Administration, especially for his anti-immigration positions, and has experience in the state's public health agencies.

While she will have to face the candidate elected by Republicans, Rep. Steve Pearce, the state of New Mexico has voted Democrat in the last three presidential elections and, as the Washington Post explained, analysts believe that this contest will be one of the most promising for the blue party.

If she wins in November, Lujan Grisham would become the first Latina democratic governor in the country's history.

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