Zounds. Fifteen of the 42 seats have changed hands
Democrats will control the state Senate, 25-17, a change of three seats in the Republicans' favor.
But the membership will be far different from this year. Between retirements and incumbents being defeated, 14 newcomers will take office next year. The 15th new senator already is at work, having been appointed to fill a vacancy before he won his seat this week.
In a capsule, here is the freshman class of '13:
Pat Woods, R-Broadview, District 7 -- Woods may be the most publicized freshman senator, having won a mean Republican primary against a candidate backed by Gov. Susana Martinez.
Unlike the rest of the freshman class, Woods already is in office. Martinez appointed him to succeed fellow Republican Clint Harden, who resigned in October. Harden did not seek re-election.
Bill O'Neill, D-Albuquerque, District 13 -- He will move from the House of Representatives to the Senate, taking the seat of Sen. Dede Feldman. She did not run for re-election.
O'Neill has pushed for compromise on the state's driver license controversy. He once introduced a bill to allow illegal immigrants to receive driving privileges in New Mexico only. His measure died.
Currently, illegal immigrants can obtain New Mexico driver licenses that enable them to drive anywhere in the country.
Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, District 14 -- Padilla will take the seat held by Eric Griego, who ran for Congress instead of seeking re-election to the state Senate.
Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, District 15 -- Ivey-Soto has been a familiar and forceful figure at the Capitol, representing the 33 county clerks on election laws and practices.
In 2011 he led opposition to a bill that would have required photo identification to vote. The proposal was defeated.
Ivey-Soto will succeed Democratic Sen. Tim Eichenberg, who did not run for re-election.
Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, District 18 -- An attorney, Torraco, right, will assume the seat that was held by fellow Republican Mark Boitano. He did not seek re-election.
Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, District 21 -- Running in a Republican-leaning district, Moores defeated Democratic Sen. Lisa Curtis this week.
Curtis was an incumbent by appointment, the choice of county commissioners.
Benny Shendo, D-Rio Rancho, District 22 -- He ousted Democratic Sen. Lynda Lovejoy in the primary election.
Shendo ran for Congress in 2008, a race he lost but one that give him visibility.
Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, District 26 -- A Princeton graduate, he worked previously for the Legislative Finance Committee.
Candelaria succeeds Sen. Bernadette Sanchez, who said she would run for re-election but then dropped out of the race.
Clemente Sanchez, D-Grants, District 30 -- Already he has a nickname -- "Landslide Sanchez."
Sanchez, left, lost a 2008 Senate primary after a controversial recount. This year he won his primary after another recount in which the opposition was his niece.
In a change of pattern, he won the general election this week with relative ease.
Sanchez will take the seat now held by Sen. David Ulibarri, who finished a distant third in the Democratic primary.
Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, District 31 -- A House member since 2001, Cervantes moves to the Senate in January. A fellow Democrat, Sen. Cynthia Nava, decided not to seek re-election to this seat.
Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, District 32 -- The giant killer.
Pirtle defeated Democratic Sen. Tim Jennings, who has been in office since 1979.
Gov. Susana Martinez's political connections helped Pirtle as they hit Jennings with a series of negative ads.
Ron Griggs, R-Alamogordo, District 34 -- He is a former city commissioner and former mayor of Alamogordo. Griggs succeeds Republican Sen. Vernon Asbill, who did not run for re-election.
Lee Cotter, R-Las Cruces, District 36 -- Cotter routed Democratic Sen. Mary Jane Garcia in this week's election. Misspending of daily expense money sunk Garcia's campaign. Cotter, 58, is a civil engineer.
William Soules, D-Las Cruces, District 37 -- He has been a teacher, school administrator and school board member.
Soules won a contested general election to keep this seat in a Democrat's hands. He will replace Sen. Stephen Fischmann, who did not run for re-election.
Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, District 40 -- He will represent a newly drawn district, created to reflect population changes.
Brandt was a Rio Rancho school board member and in 2011 worked as a bill analyst for the Republican Party.