New Mexico Democrats vote on primary candidates

Posted at: 03/08/2014 8:26 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Democratic Party activists have narrowed the crowded field of governor candidates for the June 3 primary election race.

More than 1,500 delegates voted in the party's pre-primary nominating convention Saturday.

Five Democrats were seeking the gubernatorial nomination. State Sen. Howie Morales came out on top, with 29 percent of the vote, and Santa Fe businessman and political newcomer Alan Webber followed with 21 percent.

In the 3rd Congressional District race, incumbent Ben Ray Lujan easily won most of the delegates, with 98.4 percent of the vote.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Roxanne "Rocky" Lara of Carlsbad got 85 percent of the vote to beat out Leslie Endean-Singh of Alamogordo.

Candidates need at least 20 percent of convention delegate votes to earn an automatic place on the ballot.

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