Voters to decide 18 contested legislative races

Posted at: 06/03/2014 6:02 PM
Updated at: 06/03/2014 8:07 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Voters in New Mexico's primary election set the stage for a political struggle later this year over whether Republicans can win control of the state House for the first time in decades.

There are 18 contested House races on Tuesday's primary ballot, including seven with incumbent lawmakers - five Democrats and two Republicans.

All 70 House seats are up for election this year, but 25 incumbents are unopposed.

Democrats hold a 37-33 advantage in the House, but Republicans are trying to pick up enough seats in the November general election to claim their first majority in 60 years.

Republicans hope their candidates will receive a boost this fall by having popular Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on the ballot to potentially increase turnout among GOP-leaning voters.

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