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Biden invites NM governor to Cinco de Mayo event

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to attend a Cinco de Mayo celebration this week at the vice president's residence in Washington, D.C.

The governor's office said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden had invited Martinez to Friday's event.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates an 1862 Mexican military victory against invading French forces.

The Republican governor will leave for the nation's capital late Thursday and return to New Mexico on Saturday.

Martinez traveled with Biden to Rome in March as part of a presidential delegation attending the installation of Pope Francis.

The governor traces her family roots to Mexico. Her great-grandfather was a general who fought with revolutionary leader Pancho Villa and others a century ago to topple the dictatorship of a long-time Mexican president.