- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A summary of state House seats that changed from political party to the other in the general election, allowing Republicans to gain their first majority in more than a half century.

- District 15: First-term Democrat Emily Kane, an Albuquerque firefighter, lost to Republican Sarah Maestas Barnes, a lawyer, in a swing district.

- District 24: Former GOP Rep. Conrad James reclaimed an Albuquerque area seat he lost in 2012. James defeated freshman Democrat Elizabeth Thomson. James is a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories.

-District 36: Republican Andy Nunez won back the seat he lost in 2012 as an independent candidate in a three-way race. Nunez is a former Democrat who held the seat for 12 years. Nunez defeated first-term Democrat Phillip Archuleta of Las Cruces. Nunez switched from Democrat to independent in 2011 after a dispute with the top House leader. He lost his re-election and then became a Republican.

-District 39: Las Cruces Republican John Zimmerman defeated Democrat Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez of Bayard in what was considered a solidly Democratic district covering parts of Dona Ana, Grant and Sierra counties in southwestern New Mexico. Martinez has served in the House since 2007. Zimmerman is a retired missile test engineer at White Sands Missile Range.



- District 50: Republican Vickie Perea of Belen lost to Democrat Matthew McQueen in a Democratic-leaning district covering parts of Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Torrance and Valencia counties. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Perea last year to fill a vacancy created by the death of Stephen Easley, a Santa Fe Democrat. Perea is a former Albuquerque city councilor who had been a Democrat until switching parties in 2004. McQueen is a Galisteo lawyer.

- District 53: Republican Ricky Little of Chaparral reclaimed a southern New Mexico seat he lost two years ago. He defeated Democrat Mariaelena Johnson, a community organizer. It’s was an open seat because Democratic incumbent Nate Cote is retiring. Little defeated Cote in 2010 but lost two years later to the Democrat. Little is a contractor and operates a business that moves buildings.

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