Mark Ronchetti

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Mark Ronchetti

Born October 7, 1973
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Krysty Ronchetti
Children Two
Alma mater Washington State University
Occupation Meteorologist
Religion Roman Catholic

Mark Ronchetti (born October 7, 1973 (age 47)) (pronounced "Ron-ketti") is a popular[1] Albuquerque meteorologist and mostly conservative Republican who ran for United States Senate from New Mexico in the 2020 elections to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall.

2020 Senate bid

See: 2020 United States Senate election in New Mexico

Two-term senator Tom Udall announced on March 25, 2020 that he would not seek re-election;[2] Ronchetti announced around a year later in early January 2020 his run for the seat.[1][3] In the Republican primary, he faced Navajo Nation member Elisa Martinez and Gavin Clarkson. Despite having been somewhat less supportive of Trump in certain regards,[1] saying that he "was a Republican" until "the orange one"[4] and called out by Martinez over the comment,[5] he won the primary,[6] and faced establishment Democrat representative Ben Ray Luján in the general election. Despite previously being criticized by Clarkson and Martinez, they pledged their support for Ronchetti after the primary to help flip New Mexico towards the Republicans' favor in the 2020 elections.[7]

Ronchetti released his first TV ad in late August 2020.[8]

At a debate for the general election,[9] Ronchetti strongly called out Luján, the House Assistant Speaker, for being complicit in Nancy Pelosi's obstructions amidst the CCP pandemic.[10] The left-wing representative tended to respond to questions over the COVID-19 outbreak by casting blaming on Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

It was reported in late October 2020 that Ronchetti out-raised Luján.[11]

Despite strong efforts, Ronchetti lost the general election to Luján by just under six percentage points,[12] though managed out-perform Donald Trump in the state.[13]


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