ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Democrats kept control of two of New Mexico's three congressional districts with the election Tuesday of Michelle Lujan Grisham to represent the Albuquerque area.

Lujan Grisham easily defeated former Republican state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones after an uncharacteristically quiet campaign for a traditionally swing district known for its hard-fought races.

Lujan Grisham replaces Democrat Martin Heinrich, who was running against his predecessor, Republican Heather Wilson for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

Although the majority of voters in the district are Democrats, Wilson managed to hold the seat for a decade before giving it up in 2008 to make her first run for Senate. Heinrich has held the seat since then.

It is the most competitive of the three congressional districts in New Mexico. Lujan Grisham is a former Bernalillo County commissioner and former state health secretary. Arnold-Jones is a former state lawmaker who made a losing bid for governor in 2010. The two clashed on issues such as the economy, taxes, health care and government regulation, but it was not been as bitter as past races, or as the Senate race being waged between her two predecessors.

Arnold-Jones pushed for streamlining the tax code and decreasing government regulations, two moves she said would help spark growth in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the country. Lujan Grisham stressed "public-private partnerships" in helping spur a sluggish economy and vowed to fight any effort to restructure Medicare.


Shortly after declaring victory Tuesday night, Lujan Grisham said she is looking at consumer protection and jobs bills "to put New Mexicans back to work."

With Lujan Grisham's victory, the balance of New Mexico's congressional delegation remains the same.