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State Sen. Morales jumps in gubernatorial race

Howie MoralesA day after other gubernatorial candidates reported poor fundraising, state Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, announced that he is running for governor. His formal announcement will come next week.

Morales joins Attorney General Gary King and State Sen. Linda Lopez in the Democratic race for governor. Incumbent Susana Martinez is unlikely to face any primary competition.

Milan Simonich of the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership first reported the news.

From Simonich’s story:

Morales says he continues to receive encouragement from people who cannot envision the announced candidates providing tough competition for Martinez in next year’s general election.

“The constant feedback I get is that is that it’s not going to work” with Lopez or King as the nominee, Morales said.

There were rumors that Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez would enter the race. He gave himself a deadline of Labor Day to make his announcement, but Labor Day came and passed without any announcement.

State Senators have an advantage in running for governor — they are no up for elections that year. So even if Morales and Lopez fail to win in the Democratic primary or general election, they can still keep their spots in the state Senate.

As with the other challengers, fundraising will be something to watch for Morales. Martinez announced $3.3 million cash on hand more than a year ahead of the general election.

King announced just $142,000 cash on hand. Lopez announced just $17,000 cash on hand.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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