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Martinez travels to Missouri for Lobo basketball, fundraising

Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to St. Louis on Thursday to cheer on the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team and raise cash for her re-election campaign.

The Republican governor and her husband, first gentleman Chuck Franco, will both attend today’s UNM game against Stanford.

Martinez planned to do some re-election fundraising after arriving in Missouri on Thursday, campaign spokesman Danny Diaz told the Journal.

Martinez traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., last week to support the Lobos and the New Mexico State University Aggies in their conference tournaments.

She also raised campaign cash while on that trip.

The governor will return to New Mexico either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the outcome of today’s UNM game. Her re-election campaign is covering the costs of her travel.

LINE OF SUCCESSION: Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is also traveling out of state this week, attending a three-day gathering of lieutenant governors in Washington, D.C.

Sanchez, who serves as chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association’s international committee, will meet with senior national defense officials and foreign business leaders while in the nation’s capital.

Specifically, he and other lieutenant governors will meet with representatives from Taiwan, Germany, Mexico and Turkic nations, according to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.

Sanchez’s office also said the lieutenant governor will advocate for New Mexico during the three-day NLGA meetings, which are focused on federal and state relations. The meetings end today.

With both Martinez and Sanchez outside New Mexico’s borders on Thursday, Secretary of State Dianna Duran was serving as acting governor, per the state’s constitution.

Duran’s chief of staff, Ken Ortiz, said she had been notified of the situation, as is usual protocol, but did not expect to take any formal action.

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