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Updated: Gov. Susana Martinez outpacing Democratic candidates in fundraising

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Gov. Susana Martinez today reported she received about $1.5 million during a five-month period to help fund her re-election campaign.

The Republican governor, who is unopposed in the primary election, got more than 4,300 contributions and has roughly $4.2 million in her campaign war chest.

Among the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, Lawrence Rael reported receiving $322,963, which includes nearly $177,000 that he loaned to his campaign.

Gary King reported receiving $229,479, including a $100,000 loan. The two-term attorney general has roughly $89,000 in his campaign account.

State Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City reported getting about $196,000, while Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque reported taking in $28,570.

Both Morales and Lopez — as well as the governor — faced a prohibition on soliciting campaign contributions during and around this year’s legislative session.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for a full story.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber today reported that he has taken in more than $811,000 since announcing his campaign in October 2013, with at least $450,000 of that money coming from self-financing.

Webber, a Santa Fe businessman, is one of five Democratic candidates seeking the party’s gubernatorial nomination.

Campaign finance reports for the other four candidates had not yet been posted to the Secretary of State’s office website.

Gov. Susana Martinez has also not yet filed her fundraising report, as she seeks a second four-year term in office.

Today is the first deadline for 2014 New Mexico candidates to report their campaign fundraising. Three more reports will have to be filed before the June 3 primary election.

Webber, a political newcomer, gave $300,000 to his campaign in three separate contributions. He also loaned his campaign an additional $150,000.

Neri Holguin, Webber’s campaign manager, touted Webber’s “fundraising muscle” in an email to the Journal.

“The total amount of contributions is a testament to Alan’s strengths as a candidate — his appeal in attracting new participants to the political process, his ability to nationalize the race, and his growing momentum as voters get to know him,” Holguin said.

Check back later for more updates as other campaign reports are filed.

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