Already, people are pivoting from Tuesday’s primaries to November’s general elections. People are counting the districts needed in the House for Republicans to take over for the first time in many years. The big money is already pouring in for the U.S. Senate race.
The three congressional races look like they won’t be top-tier affairs, but the 1st Congressional District race could have some early intrigue if Janice Arnold-Jones can convince pundits that she has a serious shot to take down Michelle Lujan Grisham, but that is highly unlikely.
And, hell, people are already talking about what State Auditor Hector Balderas will do in 2016!
On to the Word:
- Heath Haussamen says it is on to November, where things will be even worse than the primaries we just saw.
Turnout was light in Tuesday’s primary and, unless Romney closes the gap and makes New Mexico a swing state, in November it won’t be as high as it was four years ago, when Obama was elected in a wave that carried many other Democrats to victory.Democrats need that Obama wave again if they’re going to gain significant ground in the Legislature. It would also help Heinrich and Grisham.
- And those ads? They’re already coming. Environmental groups are making a massive buy in New Mexico on behalf of Martin Heinrich. The ad will be a near million-dollar buy. Politico said it is anywhere between $850,000 and $1 million.
- Meanwhile the American Future Fund will be going after Heinrich on behalf of Heather Wilson. The ad will be “over $100,000.” So, yeah, get used to that.
- Barry Massey says the big winners on Tuesday were moderate Democrats.
- Leslie Linthecum of the Albuquerque Journal agrees that a “political ad barrage is coming.”
- Oh, Kate Nash says to expect the ad onslaught as well. Yeah, its a trend.
- Didn’t believe me? The AP says the NRSC is targeting the race.
- Will PNM help or hurt efforts to make solar energy a viable source of energy in sunny New Mexico? Wren Abbott looks at it.
- Pat Woods is ready to make peace with Gov. Susana Martinez after she publicly, and controversially, backed his opponent in the Republican primary for Senate District 7.
Martinez’s confidante, Jay McCleskey, orchestrated a negative campaign against Woods, only to see it fail.
“That part was very hard for my family to take,” Woods said. “I didn’t watch TV. I didn’t look at the mailers. I didn’t listen to the radio. I couldn’t.
“When I saw my opponent, I tried not to talk to her or about her. I just tried to focus on my campaign.”
- Oops. The city of Albuquerque has to pay back $56,000 in penalties that exceeded the state limit for liquor license violations.
- The Las Cruces Sun-News those who lost in their primaries on Tuesday.
- Climate change might affect our national pastime, baseball.
2. More difficult fielding. In addition to increasing the frequency and distance of home runs, heat and drought — made worse by climate change — wreaks havoc on baseball fields themselves.
In Atlanta, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Braves, the Turner Field grounds crew has been dealing with 5 years of drought on the infield grass. They finally had to replace it all. According to Braves beat writer Dave O’Brien, the new grass is designed to “slow down” the infield, thereby giving fielders a better shot at catching the ball.
- The Weekly Alibi looks at the sex trade in Angeles City.
- Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was on the Daily Show.
- And Susana PAC had a better track record in Democratic primaries than Republican primaries, though most, if not all, of those races would have gone the same way with or without the PAC’s involvement.
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