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Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Udall still with big cash on hand lead, Weh with a lot of self-financing

Sen. Tom Udall is still way ahead in the cash race, though Weh brought in more money in the last quarter. Udall had $3.4 million in cash at the end of the second quarter, while Weh had a total of $627,806. Weh’s ability to raise more money in the quarter was mostly thanks to a large loan from himself to his campaign — $555,000 in all. The Associated Press reported the fundraising totals. Unlike their house counterparts, … Read entire article »

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AP calls Senate primary for Allen Weh (updated: Clements concedes)

AP calls Senate primary for Allen Weh (updated: Clements concedes)

Allen Weh is projected to win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate according to the Associated Press. Update: Weh has said he won and Clements has reportedly conceded. Quotes from Weh and Republican Party of New Mexico chairman John Billingsley at the bottom of the post. Weh had a large lead over David Clements, his opponent in the primary, from the first votes that came in and the AP did not see that trend changing. Weh, a former … Read entire article »

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Romney, Huckabee endorse Weh

Romney, Huckabee endorse Weh

Just days ahead of the primary election, the campaign of Allen Weh announced that former governors Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee each endorsed Weh’s campaign for Senate. In addition to being former governors, Romney of Massachusetts and Huckabee of Arkansas, the two are nationally relevant Republicans from their time running for president. Romney ran in both 2008 and 2012, winning the Republican nomination in 2008 2012. “I wholeheartedly endorse Allen Weh for the United States Senate. From … Read entire article »

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Clements’ wife files FEC complaint against Weh

Clements’ wife files FEC complaint against Weh

Allen Weh faces an FEC complaint from Erin Clements, the wife of Weh’s opponent in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, David Clements. The complaint is the latest in the acrimonious campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. The Santa Fe Reporter first reported on the complaint, which says Weh is improperly using resources from CSI Aviation, the aviation company of which Weh is the CEO. From the Santa Fe Reporter: In the complaint, she refers to a defamation … Read entire article »

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Weh receives top marks from NRA, Clements expects the same

Weh receives top marks from NRA, Clements expects the same

Allen Weh received the top rating for a candidate from the National Rifle Association and his opponent expects to receive the same rating. Weh received an ‘AQ’ rating from the NRA’s Political Voter Fund (NRA-PVF) according to a statement sent by his campaign. A spokesman for the Clements campaign told NM Telegram in an email that Clements “fully expects to receive the same AQ rating that the NRA gives any candidate that aligns with their issues.” “As … Read entire article »

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Weh airs first TV, radio ads in the Senate race

Weh airs first TV, radio ads in the Senate race

Allen Weh became the first candidate in the U.S. Senate race to air ads. Weh is airing ads on both statewide TV and on the radio. His campaign announced the news late Sunday evening. “This is a good day for our campaign,” Weh said in a statement. “We are looking forward to building on the momentum we’ve felt the past few weeks.” Weh is facing a June 3 primary against David Clements. Clements had a surprisingly strong … Read entire article »

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Weh announces legislative endorsements

Weh announces legislative endorsements

For Republicans looking at statewide elections, all eyes will be on Allen Weh and David Clements. Weh was widely considered the frontrunner, but Clements’ surprising showing at the pre-primary convention made some think that the primary could be closer than expected. Weh is trying to show off his frontrunner bona fides by announcing the endorsements of several Albuquerque-area Republican legislators. Those endorsing Weh are Senators Sue Wilson-Beffort and Mark Moores and Representatives Tom Anderson, Larry Larranaga, Paul Pacheco, … Read entire article »

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Udall raises over $1 million in first quarter of 2014

Udall raises over $1 million in first quarter of 2014

Sen. Tom Udall raised more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2014 according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission. The total brings the incumbent’s cash on hand to over $3.1 million. Both the amount of money raised in the quarter and the amount of cash on hand easily outpaced two Republican candidates who hope to face the incumbent in the general election in November. The fundraising total went from January 1 to March 31 … Read entire article »

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Weh raises over $400K; Clements no report yet (updated)

Weh raises over $400K; Clements no report yet (updated)

Allen Weh’s campaign finance reports show that he raised just under $415,000 in the first quarter of 2014. Weh announced the fundraising haul, which includes $205,569 cash on hand, in a news release on Wednesday. “We’re very excited about the broad grassroots support that has continued to build from the very beginning when Allen got into this race,” said Diego Espinoza. “This many individual donations is just another indicator of the broad appeal Allen Weh has among … Read entire article »

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Clements campaign site plagiarizes on issues page (updated)

Clements campaign site plagiarizes on issues page (updated)

According to a report by Buzzfeed, the campaign website of David Clements plagiarizes positions on its issues page from the website of Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. Update: Buzzfeed reports that Clements also copied text from the website of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Clements is the second Republican candidate Buzzfeed has caught plagiarizing from Amash, who is a popular Republican congressman, especially among Republicans who have a more libertarian view. “In some instances, the order of the sentences … Read entire article »

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