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Luján raises more than $1 million in quarter for Senate bid


Rep. Ben Ray Luján

New Mexico congressman Ben Ray Luján has raised more than $1 million in his bid for the U.S. Senate for the second straight quarter.

Luján raised $1.015 million for the end of the third quarter of the year, his campaign said. The congressman’s campaign said it is the most a federal candidate in New Mexico has raised in the quarter of an off-year election. It said none of the funds came in the form of corporate PAC money.

He is facing New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Udall. Albuquerque contractor Mick Rich and former New Mexico State professor Gavin Clarkson are the announced Republican candidates in the race.

“A grassroots army of New Mexicans are supporting Ben Ray for Senate because they share his vision for our state,” said Luján campaign manager Brad Elkins. “New Mexico families want a champion for quality health care, for investing in our schools and communities, for protecting our public lands and environment, and for standing up to the divisive politics of Donald Trump — and thousands of New Mexicans have found that champion in Ben Ray. We’re humbled to have a massive outpouring of support from the state and will continue working hard to meet every voter and earn their support.”

Luján campaign’s said more than a half a million dollars was raised online. It said the average online donation was $20.29 and that 98.25% of the contributions were $100 or less.

He had contributions from individuals in all 33 counties.

Fundraising totals from Toulouse Oliver, Clarkson and Rich were unavailable.

Sept. 30 was the end of the quarter. The filing deadline with the Federal Election Commission is Oct. 15.

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