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Domenici Aide Loses in 3rd District

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Here's a pretty surprising development: Marco Gonzales, a former aide to Sen. Pete Domenici in Washington, has lost his bid for the Republican nomination in the 3rd District to Daniel East, a relatively unknown contractor from Rio Rancho.

With 573 of 581 precincts reporting, East had 53 percent of the votes compared to Gonzales' 47 percent, the AP reported.

Domenici – a big fan of Gonzales – is going to be crushed. Not to mention the fact that his more high-profile protege, Rep. Heather Wilson, very well could be headed for a loss in her Senate race, as well. Domenici, of course, endorsed Wilson last Friday. It could have been too little, too late.

 

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