Lujan Grisham Has Cash Lead In CD1 Contest

FOR THE RECORD: This story contained a garbled sentence about the 3rd Congressional District race. Republican Jefferson Byrd’s campaign had a cash balance of $17,399.

SANTA FE – Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham reported seven times more campaign cash than Republican Janice Arnold-Jones heading into the final weeks of the race for New Mexico’s open 1st Congressional District seat.

According to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Lujan Grisham raised $515,513 during the past three months – twice as much as her GOP opponent. About a fourth of the Democrat’s contributions came from political action committees affiliated with labor unions and health care groups.

Lujan Grisham, a former Bernalillo County Commissioner and longtime state agency administrator, reported cash on hand of $378,802 at the end of last month, and Arnold-Jones had $53,457.

Since starting her campaign, Lujan Grisham has raised $1.5 million and spent $1.1 million, but that also covers a hotly contested three-way primary.

Arnold-Jones, a former state representative who was unopposed in the June primary election, has raised $478,749 and spent $425,292.

From July through September, Lujan Grisham spent $340,318, compared with $254,480 by Arnold-Jones.

In the 2nd District of southern New Mexico, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce had a cash balance of $838,782 in his campaign account and Democratic challenger Evelyn Madrid Erhard had cash on hand of $14,660.

Pearce has raised $1.5 million since last year and Erhard has collected $77,102.

Pearce has spent $831,570, compared with $47,379 by Erhard, a former college instructor from Mesilla. Neither had primary opponents.

In the 3rd District of northern New Mexico, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Luján reported a cash balance of $473,369 in his re-election account and Republican Jefferson Byrd’s campaign had a cash balance of $17,399.

Luján has raised about $1 million and spent $659,742. Byrd has collected $81,015 and spent $64,117 on his primary and general election campaigns. Luján ran unopposed in the primary election.

During the past three months, Luján raised and spent almost four times as much as Byrd, a rancher from Tucumcari. ARNOLD-JONES: Republican has $53,457LUJAN GRISHAM: Democrat has $378,802 cash on handLujan Grisham Has Cash Lead In CD1 Contest

THE MONEY RACE — This article appeared on page A6 of the Albuquerque Journal