PACs pour money into legislative races

Posted at: 11/01/2012 2:03 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY Associated Press

 SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Political groups are pouring money into New Mexico's legislative races, which will determine whether Democrats maintain their majorities in the House and Senate.

A political action committee run by House Majority Leader Ken Martinez reported on Thursday contributing nearly $71,000 this month to Democratic House candidates, PACs that aid candidates and to state and county Democratic Party organizations.

Democrats hold a narrow 36-33 edge in the House, which also has one independent. Republicans hope they can pick up enough seats to have a majority for the first time in nearly 60 years.

A PAC affiliated with House GOP Leader Tom Taylor contributed about $51,000 this month to 15 Republican House candidates. In the Senate, Democrats hold a 24-18 majority.

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