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Two district attorneys retain their seats after big-dollar races. • Source New Mexico

Incumbent district attorneys in Santa Fe and Albuquerque retained their seats in Tuesday’s primaries, amid a huge spending spree and increased statewide attention on the races for chief prosecutor.

Second District Attorney Sam Bregman, whose campaign was the biggest fundraiser of any statewide primary this year, won 56.3% of the vote as of 11:40 p.m. The district includes Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Bregman defeated challenger Damon Martinez, a former federal prosecutor, who amassed the second-highest fundraising total in the state. More than 46,000 voters cast their ballots during the race.

In the north, prosecutor Mary-Carmack Altwie’s defeated challenger Marco Serna, according to a call from the Associated Press just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. The First Judicial District includes Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

That race also attracted enough donations to put both challengers in the top 10 biggest fundraisers this cycle.

New Mexico’s district attorney races generated more interest this year, thanks in part to a renewed focus on crime and public safety. The lack of competition in other races may also have played a role.

Because most of the candidates for district attorney are Democrats, the winners will be de facto elected chief prosecutors on Tuesday. Neither Bregman nor Carmack-Altwies has a Republican challenger.

See below for details on the outcomes of three district attorney races involving the state’s three largest cities.

Carmack-Altwies’ victory comes amid the high-profile and expensive prosecution of Alec Baldwin for his role in the fatal shooting of a cameraman on the “Rust” film set.

Serna, her opponent, criticized Carmack-Altwies for “syringing money” to an outside communications company and special prosecutors for these efforts. Carmack-Altwies defended the prosecution as necessary for justice.

Baldwin is expected to go to trial in July, and voters voted by a relatively wide margin Tuesday to ensure Carmack-Altwies is in charge when it happens.

She received 62% of the votes and, according to the latest figures, obtained more than 16,000 votes out of approximately 26,500 votes cast.

Challenger Damon Martinez cast his vote in Albuquerque on Tuesday after a long battle with Bregman, a well-known lawyer who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last year when Raúl Torrez became attorney general.

Martinez, a former federal prosecutor, said this Source New Mexico At the polls on Tuesday, he said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the race.

“But this is politics,” he said. “So anything can happen.”

At 9:54 p.m., Bregman had received about 6,000 more votes than Martinez, enough for the Associated Press to declare him the winner.

The state’s most expensive race this year has raised more than $824,000 in donations and loans so far. Bregman raised $472,000.

The high level of spending – and the fact that Martinez lent himself about half of the $352,000 he raised – highlighted a mismatch in transparency demands between Bregman and his opponent.

Bregman is required by state law to file a financial disclosure form, which lists his sources of income, his spouse’s source of income, real estate and other potential conflicts of interest. However, Martinez has no such obligation under state law.

Source NM asked Martinez and other candidates for statewide attorney general if they would voluntarily release the information their opponents are legally required to make public.

Not a single candidate took up the offer. Martinez declined to do so again on Tuesday.

“I’m obviously going to follow the law,” he said.

The five-way race in the Third Judicial District, which includes Las Cruces, ended with incumbent Gerald Byers losing to challenger Fernando Macias. Macias was one of four Democrats vying for the seat, and he will now face Republican Michael Cain in the November general election.

As of midnight, Byers had received less than 10% of the vote total. He told the Las Cruces Bulletin that the “people have spoken.”

Source New Mexico reporter Danielle Prokop contributed to this story.

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