Pondering Gary King

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By Hal Rhodes

Front-runners don’t finish last. They may finish second in an initial trial run or straw poll. They might even come in third in a crowded field of candidates. But they simply do not finish last.
So what is Gary King thinking?
Just over a week ago, New Mexico’s attorney general finished dead last at the state Democratic Party’s preprimary convention where five Democrats seeking their party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination battled it out for a place on the June 3 primary ballot.
Despite that drubbing, two days later King let it be known that he intends to stay in the race.
By law (if not always in practice) a candidate must emerge from one of these preprimary conventions with at least 20 percent of the delegates’ votes if he or she is to make it into his or her party’s primary election. Failing that, the candidate must go out and gather additional petition signatures to run in the primary.
But, according to the attorney general, since he went into the Democrats’ recent convention with more than enough petition signatures to get his name on the June ballot to begin with, he’s in the race to stay.

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