Republican Martinez claims NM governor's seat
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 12:05 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Republican Susana Martinez has won the New Mexico governor's race, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state's chief executive.
The 51-year-old Martinez defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also become New Mexico's first female governor.
Martinez, a career prosecutor, made Richardson a central figure in the campaign. She ran as if the election was a referendum on the governor, whose popularity sank amid high unemployment and federal investigations into pay-to-play allegations.
Denish has served as lieutenant governor since 2003 and was Richardson's running mate in 2002 and 2006.