SANTA FE, N.M. — Four years ago, progressive Democrats shook up the New Mexico Legislature by unseating three moderate incumbents in primary election races.
An attempt at a repeat performance largely fizzled Tuesday, as centrist Democratic lawmakers fended off challenges from more left-leaning opponents in several legislative districts statewide.
“This is the first time they’ve come after an incumbent and not been able to knock them off,” said Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, a four-term senator who was targeted by progressives in campaign mailers but emerged victorious from a three-way Democratic race in Senate District 39.
Griego attributed his victory over Jack Sullivan and Nicole Castellano to strong voter support in rural areas and vowed to unite Democrats for his general election campaign against Republican Aubrey Dunn of Roswell.
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