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Both New Mexico Democratic and Republican political parties held state pre-primary nominating conventions today.
Lt. Gov. Diane Denish ran unopposed for governor on the Democratic ticket and earned her spot on the June 1 primary election ballot. Dona Ana County District Attorney Susanah Martinez outdistanced her four Republican opponents for governor to earn a spot on the ballot. Allen Weh also garnered enough votes for ballot placement.
Gubernatorial candidate votes on the GOP ticket:
• Susana Martinez – 46.65 percent
• Allen Weh – 26.32 percent
• Janice Arnold-Jones – 13.16 percent
• Doug Turner – 9.23 percent
• Pete Domenici Jr. – 4.61 percent
Brian Colón earned top votes in the Democratic lieutenant governor’s five-person race. Lawrence Rael also qualified to appear on the ballot by getting at least 20 percent of the vote.
Democratic lieutenant governor votes:
• Brian Colón: 34.3 percent
• Lawrence Rael: 21.9 percent
• Joe Campos: 19.9 percent
• Jerry Ortiz y Pino: 18.6 percent
• Linda Lopez: 5 percent
GOP lieutenant governor votes:
• Brian Moore: 41.24 percent
• Kent Cravens: 27.64 percent
• John Sanchez: 22.81 percent
• J.R. Damron: 8.29 percent
In the Democrats land commissioner race, only Ray Powell reached the 20 percent threshold.
Democratic land commissioner:
• Ray Powell: 44.4 percent
• Harry Montoya: 19.32 percent
• Sandy Jones: 18.6 percent
• Mike Anaya: 17.6 percent
On the Republican side of the land commissioner race, only Matt Rush reached the 20 percent threshold.
GOP land commissioner:
• Matt Rush: 64.87 percent
• James Jackson: 18.03 percent
•Spiro Vassilopoulos: 13.34 percent
• Bob Cornelius: 3.74 percent
Candidates receiving less than 20 percent of the vote can submit additional petition signatures to get a place on the ballot, but their failure to reach 20 percent at their respective conventions typically means it’s over for a candidate. The number of additional signatures a candidate must turn in is based on the number of people who voted in their party’s last primary for governor. Reports indicate no one has ever won a New Mexico primary election who failed to reach the 20 percent mark at the preprimary.