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Dems gamble at casino on candidates

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This coming Friday evening, delegates to the 2014 state Democratic Party’s Pre-Primary Convention will gather at the ballroom of an Albuquerque area casino-hotel to schmooze, booze and politic until schmoozing, boozing and politicking have ground them to their knees.
The next day they convene in formal session and get down to the business of deciding which of the Democratic candidates seeking various offices up for grabs at the November election will top the party’s June 3 primary election ballot.
We’re talking serious business here. Political tacticians maintain that a candidate whose name comes first on a ballot has an edge over his/her opponents whose names appear further down the line.
It doesn’t guarantee victory for the person at No. 1, but it does means he/she will probably pick up a few extra votes simply by virtue of ballot position. Cynics will tell you it simply goes to show that some voters are given to mindless voting. Nonetheless, candidates routinely hanker for the top spot. Which, when all the speechifying and bombast are spent, is what Pre-Primary Conventions are all about in New Mexico.
The candidates who garner the most delegate votes at the convention for nomination to the sundry offices at the June 3 primary election will have their names listed first on the ballot.


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