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State GOP will endorse Trump

Associated Press

New Mexico Republicans are preparing to join Nebraska Republicans in endorsing President Donald Trump for reelection, party Chairman Steve Pearce said.

He told The Associated Press on Monday that an endorsement in the nation’s most Hispanic state is coming soon and believed everyone on the party’s central committee is supporting the president.

“I think at this point, it just would be a mere formality. But we are all going out for the president,” Pearce said. “We’d be happy to endorse Trump.”

Pearce said he knew of nobody in state GOP circles who wasn’t supporting the president. Pearce also said he didn’t know whether any of Trump’s Republican challengers, such as former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh or former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, would even get on the state primary ballot.

New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Marg Elliston took Pearce’s remarks as an attempt to influence a GOP presidential primary. “Once again, the New Mexico GOP is marching in lockstep with their national party instead of doing what’s best for New Mexican voters,” Elliston said.

State Republicans would join a growing group of state GOP parties rallying around Trump. The Nebraska GOP said in August that the party had unanimously endorsed Trump for reelection.

In addition, Nevada GOP spokesman Keith Schipper said the party “will vote to endorse and bind the delegates to the president at a later date.”

Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina, Arizona, Alaska and Kansas recently voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging Trump.

The strong support for Trump isn’t a surprise two months after the president visited Rio Rancho for a rally.

New Mexico last voted for a Republican for president in 2004, when George W. Bush was reelected.

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