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Breaking: House R’s Elect Bratton, Gentry, Baldonado to Leadership Posts

New Mexico House Republicans have installed Donald Bratton of Hobbs as their new floor leader and also elected several members of the party’s younger guard to top-ranking positions.

Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque will serve as the new House GOP whip, while Rep. Alonzo Baldonado will be the Republican caucus chairman, several caucus members confirmed.

The leadership shuffling came during a closed-door caucus meeting held tonight in Albuquerque. The caucus voting results means a change in all three House GOP leadership posts.

Bratton, who has served in the Legislature since 2001, will replace Tom Taylor of Farmington as the top-ranking Republican in the Democratic-controlled House. He defeated Taylor in tonight’s caucus voting, though exact vote tallies were not released.

In the race for the position of whip, Gentry bested Reps. Dennis Roch of Texico and Candy Spence Ezzell of Roswell.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for more details.

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