Gov. Martinez addresses supporters on primary election night

Posted at: 06/03/2014 10:31 PM
Updated at: 06/03/2014 10:48 PM
By: Stuart Dyson and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez ran unopposed for her party's nomination, but you would never know it by her TV ads and her election night activity.

The governor held a get-together with her supporters at Abuelita's New Mexican Kitchen in the South Valley--deep in the Hispanic community and deep in Democratic territory.

Martinez did not mention her newly-selected Democratic opponent, Gary King, by name in her speech to supporters, only charging that her opponents would be leading New Mexico back to the failed policy of her predecessor, Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson.

"When we confronted the largest structural deficit in the history of New Mexico, in the middle of a national recession and while facing massive federal budget cuts, many said there was no way that the budget could be balanced without raising taxes. No way that a Republican governor could come together with a Democrat legislature, but we proved them wrong," Martinez said.

The governor also spoke on education reform, tax cuts and her ongoing efforts to increase business prospects and create jobs in New Mexico.

Martinez will waste no time hitting the campaign trail. She's going north Wednesday to speak with voters in Espanola and Farmington.