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Leger Fernandez holds more than $200k fundraising edge in CD 3 race

Teresa Leger Fernandez

Alexis Martinez Johnson

Despite competing in a crowded Democratic primary field, Teresa Leger Fernandez has a sizable fundraising advantage over Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson heading into the general election campaign in the 3rd Congressional District race in northern New Mexico.

Leger Fernandez reported having $232,853 cash on hand on June 30, compared with Martinez Johnson’s $6,100. July 15 was the second-quarter filing deadline with the Federal Election Commission.

Leger Fernandez’s campaign reported raising $336,000 during the quarter, raising her total to $1.6 million to date. She reported having received $60,000 during the quarter from political action committees. More than 57% of her donations came from within the state, according to OpenSecrets.org.

“Our campaign had our biggest quarter to date, and Teresa continues to build strong support and momentum across the district going into the general election,” campaign spokeswoman Kyra Ellis-Moore said. “We are proud to continue building a people-powered and New Mexico-powered campaign, with over 10,000 supporters, including from every county in the district, and not a single dollar from corporate PACs.”

Martinez Johnson raised more money in June than she did during the primary, her campaign said. The campaign said most has come in small donations from “everyday New Mexicans.”

She did not make it onto the ballot during the Republican Party pre-primary convention in February. She had to submit extra petitions to get on the ballot.

Martinez Johnson reported raising almost $3,200 before the primary during the quarter, but nearly $10,000 at the end of the quarter. Her total fundraising topped $14,000 according her FEC filing. OpenSecrets.org did not report her out-of-state donations. She did not receive any PAC money. Johnson reported lending herself $1,370.

“You can feel the excitement and momentum of our campaign – because we are connecting with the shared interests of many New Mexicans from all walks of life,” Martinez Johnson said in a statement to the Journal.

Outside groups have contributed $1.3 million to the race, with all of it spent by Democratic groups during the primary. More than $1.1 million was in support of Leger Fernandez.

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