Wed June 4, 2014
June 4 First News: Democrats Nominate Attorney General Gary King For Governor (Listen)
November’s race for Governor of New Mexico will feature Democrat Gary King versus incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. King taking a clear advantage in the five-way race among Democrats for Governor, and telling KSFR: *****060414-King-2 (q: to talk about) :35***** King launches his campaign for Governor as an underdog financially, with the incumbent accumulating more than four-million dollars while the five-way Democratic race largely exhausted their funding in the primary.
Albuquerque businessman and former state GOP Chairman Allen Weh has won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. The 71-year-old retired Marine colonel defeated political newcomer David Clements of Las Cruces. Weh now faces the popular Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his first bid at re-election in November.
Former state Sen. Tim Eichenberg is leading in early returns from the heated Democratic race for New Mexico treasurer. Unofficial results show Eichenberg over former state Democratic Party Chairman John Wertheim with 53 percent of the vote. The winner faces Republican Rick Lopez in November. The race has been among the most contentious this primary, prompting a call from Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman to tone things down. Bregman, meantime, is pushing a “unity” theme now that the primary is over: *****060414-Bregman-4 (q: beat the Republicans) :15***** Democratic Party Chairman, Sam Bregman.
New Mexico's longest serving legislator has turned back a Democratic primary election challenger but faces a Republican opponent this fall. Rep. Nick Salazar defeated former legislator Bengie Regensberg, a Mora County contractor. Salazar received more than 60 percent of the vote in unofficial returns yesterday. Republican James Gallegos is running against Salazar in the November general election in the heavily Democratic district.
New Mexico's Republican secretary of state and Bernalillo County's Democratic clerk are sparring over how test returns ended up on a state website on Election Night. Secretary of State Dianna Duran's office blames the county, saying some 88-thousand Democratic votes that were part of test files were mistakenly reported by the clerk's office after the polls closed. County Clerk Maggie Toulouse says technicians verified the county sent only one file to state election officials Tuesday and that file included the correct results that the county posted on its own website. Toulouse says there was not even a test file located on the laptop that was being used Tuesday to send results to the state. Duran and Toulouse will be squaring off in November in the race for secretary of state
Santa Fe Weather: Sunny today and tomorrow with highs in the mid 80s. For Tonight, mostly clear with a low down to 57