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Standing corrected

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By Hal Rhodes

I stand corrected.
In a column late last March this reporter opined to the effect that “Front-runners don’t finish last.”
The impetus for this contention was the dead-last finish New Mexico Attorney General Gary King had posted just a few days earlier at the state Democratic Party’s preprimary convention.
King’s name recognition with New Mexico voters is considerable, I noted. He has been on statewide ballots no fewer than two times. His family has been prominent in state politics going back to the 1960s. He served in the Legislature with distinction for 12 years.
What’s more, leading up to this year’s state Democratic convention, he was seen as the logical front-runner for the top spot on the Democratic June primary ballot where his competition consisted of four other Democrats who were little known to the rank and file party voters who would be voting in the June 3 primary.
On top of all that, no New Mexican who had finished last at his/her party’s state convention had ever gone on to win that party’s primary election contest.
It seemed inevitable, but I now stand corrected.


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