Posted at: 10/08/2013 10:09 PM
Updated at: 10/09/2013 11:23 AM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It is a historic victory for Richard Berry, a landslide in a city where no mayor has ever won more than 50 percent of the vote without a runoff.
The 50-year-old construction entrepreneur, a Republican, won with massive majorities in all areas of the city and all sectors of the mainstream voter population, and Berry knows it.
"There were Democrats, There were Independents, and there were Republicans. The fact that those folks would do that, I see a lot of you in the room tonight. The fact that you would stand up and do that, that's not a popular thing to do these days," Berry said. "We're not seeing a lot of that out of our friends in Washington right now."
Berry's huge win is even more stunning when you consider the Democratic voters outnumbered Republicans in Albuquerque by about 46 percent to 31 percent; Testimony to Berry's skills as a bridge builder.
Berry is from Nebraska, came to UNM in 1982 as a track athlete (decathlon), and he showed tonight he can still run a pretty good race.