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Primary winners, bummers

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By Hal Rhodes

 “I congratulate Hector Balderas on a clean, well-run campaign. I know Hector has a bright future in politics and I look forward to working with him.”
Martin Heinrich handily won the Democratic nomination to fill the U.S. Senate seat from which New Mexico’s longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman will retire in January. But in accepting victory, the first thing Heinrich did was to commend his primary campaign rival, State Auditor Hector Balderas, for a hard-fought but classy campaign.
Campaign mud-slinging is as old as, well…the beginning of political campaigns.
 Yet in recent years, old-fashioned mud slinging has been superseded by dung slinging and it has become an abomination, slime bearing slime, dishonesty and lies proffered as honest-to-God truth, and endless assaults on civility in our civil affairs.
 So it was a treat to watch these two bright young men face off in television debate and make their cases without maligning the integrity and intelligence of one another or the voters. Nor was there a single campaign commercial or mailer remotely resembling those ubiquitous election year atrocities known as “negative ads.”


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