Challenger outpaces Gary King

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Republican candidate Matthew Chandler has raised more campaign money in the past month

By Barry Massey

SANTA FE  — Republican attorney general candidate Matthew Chandler raised more campaign money during the past month than Democratic incumbent Gary King, according to the latest state fundraising reports.

The reports showed that Chandler collected $41,838 in contributions, and King raised $14,140. Both candidates are unopposed in the June 1 primary.

Incumbents typically have a significant fundraising advantage, but Chandler has nearly as much money in his campaign account as King. He reported cash-on-hand of $103,123 as of last week, and Chandler had a balance of $98,976.

Chandler is the district attorney in the 9th Judicial District of Curry and Roosevelt counties in eastern New Mexico.

The latest campaign finance reports cover fundraising from April 6 through May 3. Monday was the deadline for candidates to file the disclosures with the secretary of state’s office.

They showed that Chandler spent $5,582, and King had expenditures of $4,239.

The top contributor to Chandler was Artesia oilman Robert Chase, who gave $10,000. Michael Garrett, a Clovis lawyer, contributed $5,000, while Hank Baskett, a professional football player who grew up in Clovis, gave $3,000.

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