Pearce to battle Udall for critical Senate seat

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By Carol A. Clark

Despite an 11th hour endorsement for Rep. Heather Wilson from New Mexico’s beloved Sen. Pete Domenici, Republican Rep. Steve Pearce won the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Domenici. This morning, with 31 of 33 counties counted, he had received 57,121 votes to Wilson’s 54,181.

Los Alamos gave Wilson a staggering 78 percent of the vote with 1,622 to 585 for Pearce.

“Los Alamos County – we love you,” she said during a television interview late Tuesday.

Tuesday’s win throws Pearce into what is projected to be a difficult general election race against unopposed Democrat Rep. Tom Udall who received 138,302 votes statewide and 1,343 locally.

There also were no Republicans in the First Judicial District Attorney race. Los Alamos County cast 688 votes for Angela “Spence” Pacheco, who won one the districtwide seat with 13,166 votes.

Opponents A.J. Salazar received 186 / 8,386 and Joseph Campbell 469 / 3,977.

In the presidential race, New Mexico held a Democratic caucus in February in which Sen. Hilary Clinton surfaced the winner. Tuesday’s primary election posted Republican senators John McCain and Ron Paul on the ballot. McCain carried Los Alamos County with 1,789 votes to Paul’s 351. McCain carried the state with 94,001 to Paul’s 15,284.

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