ALBUQUERQUE–For most voters in Albuquerque, the election today is about just one question: Democrat Tim Keller or Republican Dan Lewis. Tonight, the one to receive 50% of the votes will be the next Albuquerque mayor and take office on December 1, 2017.
The two mayoral candidates received the highest amount of votes in the October city election, but neither received the 50% necessary to win the race.
Another thing to keep an eye on in tonight’s election is the race in District 5 between Robert Aragon and Cynthia Borrego. This is the district currently represented by Lewis, who opted to not run for another term to instead run for mayor.
The seat has been historically considered reliably Republican, but if Tim Keller wins over Dan Lewis, then maybe Borrego will also win the seat formerly held by the mayoral hopeful. Lewis won this district in the last two elections.
Democrats will ultimately hold a majority on the city council, but having a 6-3 majority instead of a 5-4 can show to be substantial on many key issues, regardless of who is elected mayor.