Allen Weh, an Albuquerque businessman and retired Marine Corps officer, received slightly more than 53 percent of delegate votes at today’s Republican Party of New Mexico pre-primary convention.
Las Cruces attorney David Clements wasn’t far behind, however, pulling in nearly 47 percent of the votes cast by more than 750 party delegates.
The results mean both Weh and Clements, who are running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s seat, will appear on the June 3 primary election ballot.
Candidates need to receive at least 20 percent of the convention vote in order to automatically be placed on the primary election ballot.
Most Republican candidates, including Gov. Susana Martinez, are running unopposed this year.
The only other contest featuring more than one candidate is the 1st Congressional District race, in which Michael Frese and Richard Priem are vying for the party’s nomination.
Frese outpaced Priem at today’s pre-primary convention, pulling in 64.5 percent of the vote compared to 36.5 percent for Priem.
In her speech to party delegates, Martinez urged GOP candidates to avoid infighting in this year’s election cycle.
“We must be united in this fight, then we can win races up and down the ballot,” the first-term governor said.
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