The Latest on Albuquerque mayor’s race (all times local):
Polls have closed in the race to become the next mayor of New Mexico’s largest city.
Democrat Tim Keller is facing Republican Dan Lewis in a runoff Tuesday in Albuquerque’s mayoral election.
Keller, New Mexico’s State Auditor, is vying to return the city to Democratic control after eight years under Republican Mayor Richard Berry. He has stressed community policing and economic revival to battle the city’s growing crime rates.
Lewis, an Albuquerque city councilor, says he would work to pressure state judges not to release repeat offenders. He says he would push private investment.
Both say they want to hire at least 400 new police officers.
The election comes a week after Democrats won governorships and legislative seats in Virginia and New Jersey and took mayoral seats in places like Helena, Montana.