Gary King wins gov primary - Albuquerque Journal

Gary King wins gov primary

Attorney General Gary King has won the Democratic Party nomination for governor, according to Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff. (Marla Brose/Journal file)
Attorney General Gary King has won the Democratic Party nomination for governor, according to Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff. (Marla Brose/Journal file)

Attorney General Gary King has won the Democratic Party nomination for governor, according to Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff.

King has won more than 33 percent of the Democratic primary vote with nearly 60,000 votes counted, topping entrepreneur Alan Webber, former government administrator Lawrence Rael, and state Sens. Howie Morales and Linda Lopez.

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New Mexico Attorney General Gary King led the field of Democratic candidates for governor in early voting as the Secretary of State’s Office began reporting early vote totals.

Election Day votes still are being counted now that polls are closed.

With about 19,000 votes counted, King led with about 33 percent of the vote. Santa Fe entrepreneur Alan Webber and former government administrator Lawrence Rael trailed with 22 percent and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. Candidates Howie Morales and Linda Lopez lagged behind the frontrunners in the early vote.

Votes still are being tallied by the Secretary of State’s Office. The new data comes after the Secretary of State’s Office posted and later deleted apparently erroneous vote data soon after 7 p.m.

In the contested Democratic primary race for state treasurer, former state Sen. Tim Eichenberg led opponent John Wertheim in Bernalillo County early voting.

In the Republican U.S. Senate primary, retired Marine Col. Allen Weh led former Doña Ana County assistant district attorney David Clements in the race to challenge Democratic Sen. Tom Udall in November.

Votes cast today still are being counted.

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