ESPAÑOLA — It’s the end of a political era in Northern New Mexico.

In a decisive victory the scope of which surprised even some of her most ardent supporters progressive newcomer Susan Herrera defeated 25-year incumbent Rep. Debbie Rodella in the District 41 Democratic Party primary.

Herrera’s double-digit win signals a shift to the left in a historically blue but socially conservative swath of Northern New Mexico that includes most of Española, the eastern half of Rio Arriba County and most of western Taos County.

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