Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the crowd as they chant ‘four more years’ to celebrate her projected win Tuesday at the Democratic Party of New Mexico election night watch party at the Clyde Hotel in Albuquerque. The governor joked that was tomorrow’s ‘weather forecast’ after defeating her Republican challenger, former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti.

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham breezed past former TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti on Tuesday to win a second term in office.

The Democrat won reelection with about 51 percent of the vote in the three-way race for governor, according to unofficial early returns.

“If it seemed like we were taking a minute or two or ten, it’s because I was backstage checking the weather,” Lujan Grisham, who was wearing a pink dress and blazer, quipped after taking the stage before a packed room at the Clyde Hotel downtown just after 10 p.m.


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham takes the stage to address the crowd Tuesday to celebrate her projected win.

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