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PPP poll: King leads Dem primary, Martinez leads general election, Udall leads big

PPP poll: King leads Dem primary, Martinez leads general election, Udall leads big

A poll shows that Gary King is leading the Democratic primary field while Susana Martinez leads the general election, but by less than many had expected. The poll also shows Tom Udall has a large lead over both David Clements and Allen Weh in the U.S. Senate race. The poll was by Public Policy Polling was of registered voters, not likely voters, and is the first polling not associated with a candidate in the race. Public Policy … Read entire article »

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RNC ads target Udall, DCCC game targets Pearce

RNC ads target Udall, DCCC game targets Pearce

The Republican National Committee is airing ads in New Mexico ahead of the midterm elections, targeting Senator Tom Udall. Udall is up for his first reelection this November. He has no primary competition while two Republicans are vying for the Republican nomination to take on Udall. CNN reported on the ads, which target young voters, earlier this week. CNN says this is a different strategy for the RNC: The ads will begin airing Tuesday on cable channels targeting mostly … Read entire article »

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Defamation suit, email hacking charges in GOP US Senate primary

Defamation suit, email hacking charges in GOP US Senate primary

The Republican U.S. Senate primary is anything but boring this year. The campaign manager for Allen Weh filed a defamation suit against Weh’s opponent in the June primary, David Clements. Meanwhile, there is an investigation going on over allegations of email hacking by Weh’s campaign manager. The Santa Fe Reporter has been covering the goings-on in the primary and has the background: Shortly before the convention, Clements launched a website called “the Bernalillo Cover-Up” that claimed the Weh … Read entire article »

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Weh, Clements qualify for primary ballot (updated)

Weh, Clements qualify for primary ballot (updated)

Both Republican candidates for U.S. Senate qualified for the primary ballot at Saturday’s pre-primary convention. Allen Weh won the Republican Party of New Mexico pre-primary with votes from 53.2 percent of the delegates. David Clements had a strong showing of 46.8 percent. Weh is a former Republican Party of New Mexico chair and ran for governor in 2010, losing to Susana Martinez in the primary. Martinez, of course, went on to win the general election and become … Read entire article »

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Explaining the upcoming pre-primary conventions

Explaining the upcoming pre-primary conventions

The pre-primary conventions for each of the major parties are coming up. The Republican Party of New Mexico’s pre-primary convention is this Saturday in Albuquerque at the Marriott Uptown. The Democratic Party of New Mexico pre-primary convention will take place March 8 at Route 66 Casino. Pre-primary conventions will determine who makes the ballot on statewide and congressional primaries for each party. The State Central Committees of each party will vote on who they believe should be … Read entire article »

Filed under: Attorney General, CD1, CD2, CD3, Featured, Governor, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate, Public Regulation Commission, Secretary of State, Senate, State

Candidates file signatures to run for office, including five Dems for governor

Candidates file signatures to run for office, including five Dems for governor

Candidates who wished to run for office had to turn in signatures on Tuesday as the first step in the process of becoming a candidate for the June primaries. Five Democrats filed signatures to run for governor on Tuesday. Statewide candidates needed at least 2,186 signatures on the Democratic side and 2,445 signatures on the Republican side. The amount of signatures was two percent of the votes cast in the previous gubernatorial primary election. Democrats outnumber Republicans … Read entire article »

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Allen Weh launches Senate campaign

Allen Weh launches Senate campaign

Former state Republican Party chairman and gubernatorial candidate Allen Weh announced he is running for U.S. Senate in a video on Thursday morning. Weh gave no specifics, but stressed his role as a businessman and veteran as part of his qualifications for the United States Senate. “I want to tell you that I firmly believe that we can restore the vitality of this country and the vitality of this wonderful state,” Weh said in his announcement. … Read entire article »

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Clements announces candidacy for Senate

Clements announces candidacy for Senate

The chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party announced his candidacy for Senate today, becoming the first Republican to challenge incumbent Tom Udall. David Clements, also and Assistant District Attorney, announced on Tuesday that he intended to challenge Udall. Clements describes himself as a constitutional conservative. “With our government’s refusal to live within its means, we have a 17 trillion dollar debt and are on the brink of economic ruin,” Clements said in a statement. “And … Read entire article »

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Silver: Udall second safest Dem Senator in 2014

Silver: Udall second safest Dem Senator in 2014

According to electoral predictions wizard Nate Silver, Tom Udall is among the safest Democrat Senators up for election in 2014. Silver listed Udall as only behind Rhode Island’s Jack Reed on list of most Democratic seats in his “initial snapshot” of the 2014 Senatorial elections. Other Senators that are among the safest seats are in Democratic bastions like Delaware (Chris Coons), Hawaii (Brian Schatz) and Illinois (Richard Durbin). Virginia’s Mark Warner is also put in there despite … Read entire article »

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NRA targets Udall, other Senators

NRA targets Udall, other Senators

While it has had a tough road in beating back some gun control legislation, the NRA is still a powerful, well-funded group. It is using some of its coffers to oppose Democratic senators up for election in 2014, including Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. However, it doesn’t appear to be targeting Udall to closely, as it will not be paying for newspaper ads, instead only using online ads to target Udall. A previous web ad (YouTube link) from … Read entire article »

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