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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With Election Day drawing near, the five Democrats running for governor need more voters like Cynthia Feiden-Warsh and Amy Lafferty of Santa Fe, who ducked into the county courthouse during a lunch hour to cast their early ballots.
Light voter turnout is expected in Tuesday’s primary election, and the big question in political circles is whether that’s a sign that New Mexico Democrats aren’t very optimistic about their chances of toppling Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election.
Martinez is unopposed in the primary, and the most recent poll by the Albuquerque Journal indicated that Attorney General Gary King was slightly ahead in the Democratic contest with more than a fourth of likely voters undecided going into the final stretch of the campaign.
Feiden-Warsh said Friday she backed Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber in the governor’s race because “he has a real opportunity to beat Martinez.”
She’s fired up about the upcoming election.
“New Mexico has an opportunity to turn around the economy, but people have to come out and vote and they have to get themselves informed,” she said in an interview.
The other candidates are Lawrence Rael, a longtime government agency administrator, and state Sens. Howie Morales and Linda Lopez.
Lafferty declined to reveal who she voted for in the governor’s race, but said she’s ready to support whoever wins the party’s nomination.
“My main interest is to get Martinez out of here.”