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Crowded field in Lt. Gov. races

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In the GOP race, all three candidates have served in the Legislature

By Tim Korte

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Democrat and Republican voters were choosing their parties’ nominees for lieutenant governor Tuesday, selecting from a pool of state legislators and former lawmakers.

In the GOP race, all three candidates have served in the Legislature: Brian Moore of Clayton, Kent Cravens of Albuquerque and John Sanchez of Albuquerque.

Candidates in Democratic lineup included former state party chairman Brian Colon of Albuquerque, retired governmental agency administrator Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and three legislators — Jose Campos of Santa Rosa, Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque.

The seat was open because Lt. Gov. Diane Denish pursued the Democratic nomination for governor.

Denish was elected twice as lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket with Gov. Bill Richardson, who is term-limited and can’t seek re-election.

The crowded primary field featured the most lieutenant governor candidates on the ballot since 1990, when six Democrats and two Republicans ran. Winners of the June 1 primary become the running mates of their party’s gubernatorial nominee.


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