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Lawyers main donors in attorney general’s race

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SANTA FE (AP) — Democrat Hector Balderas has raised about $218,000 in the past six months for his campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

Balderas, a two-term state auditor, reported a cash balance of about $415,200 in his campaign account as of Oct. 7.

Attorneys and law firms were a top source of campaign contributions for Balderas, accounting for about $88,000. Labor unions contributed about $22,000, including $10,400 from a political committee of the American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico.

Candidates for state office and political committees face a deadline Tuesday to submit campaign finance reports to the secretary of state’s office. The reports will show fundraising from April to early October.

Balderas is the only candidate who so far has publicly announced for attorney general next year.

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