GOP, governor hope for gains in legislative races

Posted at: 10/31/2012 11:50 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY Associated Press

Photo: Gov. Susana Martinez
Photo: Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democrats have controlled the New Mexico Legislature for decades, but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is waging an unusually aggressive and costly battle to change that in the general election to overcome Democratic opposition to her legislative proposals.

Using a barrage of hard-hitting mailings and advertisements, the first-term governor and her political allies have targeted two dozen legislative races across the state.

Among those are Senate Democratic leaders who helped derail her proposal to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

The license issue has been a centerpiece of the governor's legislative agenda since she took office last year.

No recent New Mexico governor has pushed as hard as Martinez to influence the outcome of so many legislative races.

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